Cancel Halloween this year and replace the fright night with an entire month full of fun Trade the scary masks and horror stories for Fall Festivals that won’t give the little ones bad dreams or more cavities..Let’s face it, begging door to door has lost its charm. But, carving pumpkins and old fashioned bobbing for apples with friends and family is still a good time.
Some parents, for religious reasons, have never allowed their children to participate in Halloween activities. They believe the lighted pumpkins and ghoulish costumes are tantamount to pagan rituals that inadvertently summon evil spirits and bring demon into the home. These children can feel left out because they are not allowed to engage in the Halloween festivities, There are alternatives for building other positive childhood memories to offset the bad ones.
Most parents understand the allure of Halloween for children. Parents want their children to be able to participate in the community fun of dressing up, but parents want an alternative to some of the more demonic infused themes of Halloween. There are so many alternative activities that the whole family can get involved in planning. Cancel Halloween and teach your children that they can have a month full of fun, family friendly activities this October without scaring the pants off of anyone.
The October 2015 edition of Colorado Parent is packed with ideas for getting a good start on this holiday season. Free and available now at local markets throughout the Denver metro area, the cover of this edition boasts 50 Fun Halloween & Harvest Events. Pick up a copy and go through the 235 ideas inside for family fun that does not have to wait until Halloween night..
Parents of young children will enjoy Trick or Treat Street at the Children’s Museum in Denver more than the Mall Crawl at Skyline Park. For three days, October 23,24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Children’s Museum will host’The Sweetest Fall Festival in Town’ The whole family can dress up in costume for safe holiday fun.
The Butterfly Pavilion also has their offering called ’Bug-Boo’ with a promise of ‘not so creepy, crawly activities’ for their patrons on October 17-18 during regular hours. There should be real spiders at this one, but the terror will be kept at a minimum.
The Downtown Aquarium gets in on the fun, too. Early in the day on October 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. your family can get the trick or treat trek done before dark with their Kids Fest activities.
At the impressive Wings Over the Rockies Museum, located at the historic Lowry Air Force Base Hangar 1, near Quebec and Alameda families will be treated to fantastic adventure throughout the day at the ‘Hauntings at the Hangar’ event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 31, another early entertainment for Halloween day.
All month long, from October 1st to the 31st, the Halloween Pumpkin Patch Festival will be going on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Boulder at Cottonwood Farms. On the weekends, ride a steam engine locomotive or take a hay ride. Here’s the photo and memory opportunity not to be missed.
There is always a good time for families at Four Mile Historic Park off of Forest Street in Denver. For two days, October 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. step back in time and enjoy the simple pleasures of years gone by. Live music, a pumpkin patch and the chance to create a real scarecrow are only a few of the holiday activities ready for the family to enjoy.
If none of these ideas appeal to the adventurers in your family, why not have your own safe and sane fall festival at home? Let everyone paint a pumpkin instead of carving it. Get a box of old clothes, shoes, hats, props, dresses, put names of famous persons on 3×5 cards and have a contest to see who can guess what character is being represented after the family member is dressed up in the costume. Children will remember the traditions and everyone will appreciates the good memories as the years go by so quickly.
So, for more fun this year, cancel Halloween. Make it a new family tradition to start enjoying some of the many fright free activities going on in the Denver metro area. Look for a copy of Colorado Parent in your local market and start making your plans for family fun this fall.