Ten Tips for a Happy Halloween

happy halloween banner1. Spooky, not scary!

Creepy is half the fun of Halloween, but don’t be too scary with your costumes and decorations. You              don’t want to scare your neighbors, friends and trick-or-treators away.

2. When trick-or-treating, say no to unwrapped candy or homemade treats.

This goes for trick-or-treators and the ones handing out the goodies! I know the homemade caramel       apple looks so good, but it’s better safe than sorry and you never know what extra things made it into the mix. And please, don’t put out a big bowl of unwrapped candy corn. It’s gross.

3. You’re never too old for pumpkin-carving.

And those roasted pumpkin seeds are just so good!

4. Drive carefully.

While this is always good advice, it is especially relevant on Halloween. Be careful of kiddos running around in the dark, and if you’re suffering from an intense sugar-coma or a little too much to drink, take an Uber.

5. Too much sugar and/or alcohol aren’t so fun the next day, snack smart and stay hydrated!

If you’re hosting a party, be sure to keep water and some healthy snacks available too. There are tons of creative, delicious Halloween recipes out there. You never know what your guests can and cannot eat…and we all know a few carrots definitely make all those Snickers bars okay.

6. Be thoughtful as you engage with trick-or-treators, you never know what allergies, social anxieties, disabilities or shy kid is behind the mask.

If a kid refuses your candy, maybe they aren’t rude, just shy or allergic. The TV show Parenthood did an excellent episode on Halloween and the anxiety two parents encounter going into trick-or-treating with their autistic son, Max. There are tons of organizations doing amazing work around this, like the Blue Pumpkin Project centered around Autism, and the Teal Pumpkin Project creating awareness for allergies. Be sensitive and caring, and believe the best about the cute little ghost. Maybe he isn’t being rude after all.

7. Dressing up is fun, but opt for creativity over cruelty and avoid offensive costumes.

Even if it seems really cool or funny, if it is caricaturing, misusing or misapporpriating someone’s culture, maybe go as something else. The options are infinite!

8. Don’t let the kiddos trick-or-treat alone.halloween-pumpkin

Halloween is great parent-bonding time, or make sure the little kids have an older sibling or friend with them. Don’t forget a flashlight!

9. Pick up those wrappers.

Parties are fun, and candy is delicious, but keep the environment in mind too. Here are a few tips for tidying up after Halloween mayhem.

10. Have fun!

It’s really the most important one.


Denver’s Best October Fall Events

Elk Fest – Who doesn’t love elk, and even better is a festival celebrating the large elk population that grace Estes Park. Live music, Native American performances, elk-viewing and more. || October 3-4, Estes Park

lakeestescoursemountainelkRocky Mountain Oktoberfest – Incase you missed, or didn’t get enough of, Oktoberfest the last two weekends, the party goes on! Enjoy this joining of the Rocky Mountain brewery scene and the popular Munich tradition. || October 2 – 3, Pepsi Center

Fright Fest – Denver’s largest Halloween event, promising “fright by night,” and lots of scary fun! || Weekends, October 2 – November 1, Elitch Gardens

Mile High Horror Festival – Every fall this film festival showcases the world’s best genre films. It has been recognized as one of the top five “coolest horror/sci-fi film festivals in the world.” || October 1 – 4, Alamo Drafthouse 

Pumpkin Harvest Festival – Free family fun, with pumpkin patches and scarecrows, historic games and lots of crafts! || October 3 – 4, Four Mile Historic Park, 7155 S. Forest Street

Haunted Houses – What’s fall without Halloween, and what’s Halloween without a good scare? Visit these top-ranked haunted houses for your dose of the Halloween scare. || October 1 – 31, 13th Floor, The Asylum, Haunted Field of Screams

Pumpkin Fest – An excellent family tradition, the three-day festival is full of mazes,pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, music and more. The MillerCoors beer garden is open, and the Gardens’ famous Corn Maze is just next door. || October 9 – 11, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield 

Stem Cider’s Harvest Party – Colorado bluegrass and Colorado craft cider, does it get any better? Join Stem for their annual Harvest Party, celebrating community, cider and the “flavors of the season.” || October 10, Stem Ciders (2811 Walnut Street, Suite 150 80205)

Zombie Crawl – One of Denver’s most popular fall events, join the 10th annual celebration of zombie obsession and excessive creepy face paint, plus a really good excuse not to wash your hair. || October 17, Skyline Park

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – There’s no better way to run then with live music and the incredible city Denver as your scenery. It’s not too late to join the run and signup for a 5K, 10K, half or full-marathon. If running isn’t your thing, join the crowds to cheer the runners on!  || October 18, Downtown Denver

Boo at the Zoo – It’s always great to wander around the first-class Denver Zoo, but add trick-or-treating and its the perfect fall day. The weekends are full of “creepy crawly animal demonstrations” and the promise of fun for the whole family. || October 24-25, October 31 – November 1, Denver Zoo