The Pueblo Chieftan

Halloween bash attracts

Hundreds of ghosts, princesses, witches, goblins and other costumed children will descend on Lovell Park on Halloween afternoon for the annual Pueblo West Parks and Recreation Halloween Bash.

Each year, the attraction draws more and more children.

Pueblo West Parks and Recreation Director Carol Cosby said last year there were about 675 children, and this year the department will prepare 725 bags.

The bash is one of Parks and Recreation’s best-loved and most popular activities all year long.

Years ago the party was held indoors, but the group has grown so large that outdoors is the only option.

Everything takes place on ball field 1, which is enclosed, making for a safe and secure environment for kids of all ages, Cosby said.

Festivities are from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with the costume contest around 5 p.m.

There are carnival games for kids to play and earn treats and small prizes.

The goody bags handed out at the entrance have candy as well, so kids go home with lots of fun things.

“We have a pop bottle ring toss, which the kids totally love, and sack races, football throw, Frisbee toss, all kinds of games,” Cosby said.

Parks and Rec spends about $1,500 on the bash, most of that on candy.

Thankfully, there is lots of community assistance, too.

This year Walmart, Pueblo West Women’s League, San Isabel Electric and the Sheriff Department all chipped in with donations.

The costume contest is split into age groups – newborn to 3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10 and up.

A few judges pick first, second and third place in each division, as well as a most original prize.

“This provides safety and is a huge community event,” Cosby said.

“Some of our streets are so dark for trick or treating.

“That’s why this event is great, and believe me, the kids get plenty of candy!”

There are lots of other Pueblo-area Halloween events taking place, too.

ZooBoo is from 1 to 5p .m. Oct. 26 at the Pueblo Zoo.

There will be zookeeper talks, treat stations, story hour, animal presentations and more. Children should come in costume.

ZooBoo is free for zoo members, or $8 for adults and children are free with a paying adult.

The annual Pueblo Mall Halloween Treat Street is from 3 to 6 p.m. on Halloween.

YMCA Family Fun Carnival includes games that are 25 cents each.

Trick-or-treating for children 12 and under begins at 6 p.m.

Rosemount Museum has a Halloween village on display on the third floor of the museum, and on Oct. 26 has a special trick-or-treat opportunity for young children.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., young children in costume can trick-or-treat within the museum, and prizes will be awarded for costumes.

The cost is $2 per person that Saturday.

The Halloween village is on display during regular Rosemount hours.

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