OK, here we go again with one of John’s “ back when I was a kid 50 years ago” references, but back then we used to do Halloween with a vengeance. Trick or Treating was a big deal and those …
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OK, here we go again with one of John’s “ back when I was a kid 50 years ago” references, but back then we used to do Halloween with a vengeance. Trick or Treating was a big deal and those little plastic pumpkin buckets and the paper Trick or Treat bags just didn’t cut it. They were either too small to hold all the loot or the bags would drag on the wet pavement enough to tear the bottoms out under the weight of the candy. By the time you were in the third grade you knew that using a pillow case was the only way to go.
Well, those days have kind of faded a little bit. Sure, there’s still neighborhood Trick or Treating going on but trust me, it’s nowhere near the scale that it used to be. I’m lucky if I get 10 kids showing up at my door through the whole night. Things have gotten way more organized and there are now loads of special events to take the place of running amok down the street like we used to do. On the up side though, I’m not as worried about my car being vandalized or toilet paper hanging in my trees as I was years ago.
But this year you might want to break out those pillow cases again. Why? Because Halloween, Oct. 31, falls on a Thursday this year. That kind of throws the whole “relocating all the events to the prior weekend” thing a little bit out of kilter. Thursday is four days after the weekend so this year there’s a lot happening on the date as well as over the weekend before. That gives you an opportunity to get to wear that costume more than once this year.
So let’s get to the highlight reel.
Miners Alley Playhouse has the Legend of Sleepy Hollow running for the season. You can catch that on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 26. There’s a morning show and early afternoon show on both of those days. Tickets run $12. For more information visit www.minersalley.com.
There’s still time to make a reservation for the 9:30 p.m. Colorado Haunted History: Mayhem and Madness Tour on Saturday, Oct. 26. That’s a guided walking tour of downtown Golden. You can hear stories of the wild, wild west that this town once was. Tales include lynchings, shootouts, ghosts plus plenty of murder, and mayhem. Tickets run $20 for Adults and $15 for Children under 13. Go to www.coloradohauntedhistory.com to make a reservation, they are required.
If your idea of a costume is dressing up in some traditional German folk clothing or you just like brats and beer, then you might want to jump on the inaugural Golden Hayride Oktoberfest happening at the Goosetown Events Center, located at 514 9th Street here in Golden. Your $40 ticket gives you an evening of German style food, beer, music, games, and fun plus a souvenir beer stein. There will be an Oktoberfest themed photo booth and a hayride around downtown Golden on top of all the games. That’s going on 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The Colorado Railroad Museum is having an entire weekend full of events including Paranormal Investigators talking about the Ghosts of the Railroad as well as a Trick or Treat Train.
You need to go to www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org to see their entire schedule and ticket prices.
On Thursday, Oct. 31 the City of Golden will be hosting it’s annual Trick or Treat Street on Washington Ave. from 3-5 p.m. Children are invited to trick-or-treat with the downtown merchants after school and show off their costumes. It’s free and for their safety Washington Ave. will be closed to traffic.
While you are downtown with the kids that day, you might want to swing over to the Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery at 701 12th Street for their Family Trick or Treat event from 4-6 p.m. They’ll be having a costume contest with gift card prizes. It’s free to enter and attend.
So, that should give you a few opportunities to fill up your pillow case with pirate booty, or at least get you in the spirit of Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday. I’m going to be “Current Elvis,” aka a Zombie Elvis.
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 multi-media production. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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