Once October rolls around you can’t help looking forward to the last day of the month, Halloween! It’s always been one of my favorite holidays and brings back memories of costumeÅs I made, the candy hauls from trick-or-treating and all the great parties I attended over the years. It’s one of those holidays that can still bring out the kid in everyone.
Having grown up here in Golden, there are a few things that I can mention for parents to keep in mind when putting together that little zombie or princess for a night of screams and scares. First off, remember that the weather here is a little bit unpredictable and it can actually snow on Halloween. Don’t be fooled by any forecasts that mention just how many times it snowed on the day because there have been many more times that the streets were blanketed by the white stuff or slush from a storm a few days before and it gets cold at night. As children, we learned early on that if we were going to be running around after dark, we needed to make a costume that could be worn over a warm jacket or integrate a coat into the costume. It’s kind of a bummer when your little fairy can’t wear her wings because she needs to stay warm. Warm shoes or boots are also something to work into the costume.
On the flip side, if you are not going to be celebrating outside but are going to an indoor party, then you need to think about what’s going on at the party and plan for that as well. If there are going to be games or activities that will require a little bit of running around, then you probably don’t want the kids to be stuck in a robot suit made from a bunch of big foil covered cardboard boxes. If there is going to be food, then a full faced mask is just going to be a nuisance every time they want to take a bite out of a cupcake.
Also, make sure that the costume breathes a little bit because it can get pretty hot in some of those things when the kids are active and the heat in the building is cranked up.
Planning ahead a little bit can make sure that the kids are safe and comfortable while enjoying this special night.
If you have older children or just like a good old fashioned bump in the night, then check out Spider Mansion in Heritage Square. It’s rated as one of the best haunted houses in the area. Set in a 5000-square-foot Victorian mansion, it’s jam packed with scary creatures and special effects. The place is so creepy that children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Spider Mansion is open every night through Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m. with extended hours until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $16 for general admission or $25 for the VIP version that lets you cut to the front of the line with no waiting. You can order them online at www.spidermansion.com but be aware that there is a small processing fee too. Heritage Square is located at 18301 West Colfax Ave. in Golden.
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multimedia production.