Here are highlights from Halloween revelry earlier this month. Which costumes are your favorites?
BBQ, Bonfire, and Band at Whimsy Farm
Families are already feasting and dancing and it’s only 4:30 pm. October 19 is an idyllic afternoon – the tangerine cast of the sun burnishes the fields and trees. Whimsy Farm, an enchanting Pick-Your-Own sustainable fruit farm, is holding its first Family Dance and Fall Fest. Costumed children with their parents line up in the spotless barn, warmly greeted by owners Sandy and Leslie Brown. The guests welcome themselves to a delectable dinner from KT’s BBQ, then lounge and chat at tables or picnic on the grass. Across the field, toddlers waving paintbrushes like wands transform pumpkins from nearby Isabella Farm into objets d’art. Families peek into the one-of-a-kind raspberry maze, glimpsing the last remaining fruit. Local bluegrass band Farm Fresh Onions is belting out plucky tunes as youngsters and parents kick up their heels to the prompts of cheerful caller, Patricia Denscen. Sandy Brown fires up the large model train and children come running, following it along a lackadaisical creek. Smoke from the bonfire curls.
Whimsy Farm is the inspiration of Sandy Brown, a longtime community organizer who recently returned to the passion he had working on his grandparents’ farm in Virginia many years back. Helped by RE/MAX realtor Janet Leap, Sandy and his wife, Leslie, have owned and lived on their seven-acre property for 22 years with their three children before Sandy started transforming it a few years ago into a “Fruitopia.” It now hosts a profusion of strawberries, raspberries, plums, blackberries; recently planted peach, apple, pear trees; and even rhubarb and hazelnuts. It’s also the only commercial blueberry farm in Colorado, a formidable endeavor that required trading out the native soil for more acidic soil, a challenge that Sandy was happy to undertake because he loves blueberries and “wanted to prove it could be done.”
The farm was opened to the public last year and since then has attracted families delighted by its charm, child-friendly attractions, and events such as birthday party rentals and an art show by Leslie, who is an artist and designer (the upstairs of the barn serves as her painting studio). Sandy says, in part his vision is to “create a place where positive experiences and associations with small farming for families, and especially children, can flourish.”
Whimsy Farms is located on 7929 Valmont Rd. in Boulder. It is closed for the season, but look for events during the fall and winter. Sign up for the email list and learn more at: http://www.whimsyfarm.co/
Halloween Pre-Party At Boulder Montessori School
Every year, Boulder Montessori School, the second-oldest Montessori school in Boulder, holds a much-anticipated Halloween party for its students and families. Held on October 24, this year’s fanciful fête begins as characters of all sizes make their way outdoors. On the playground, the panorama of open space and the lofty Flatirons are a striking set for the panoply of boisterous superheroes, princesses, faeries, and fauna. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Elsa, of the movie phenom, Frozen, abound. Families and teachers socialize and cluster at round tables noshing on festive treats. The evening ends with a traditional Halloween parade as everyone lines up and promenades through the school.
For the past 41 years, Boulder Montessori School has been inspiring children 18 months to six years old with a love of learning. The school is nationally accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Applications are accepted year-round, a variety of scheduling options and lunch from the on-site kitchen are offered, and scholarships and full-day summer programs are available. Call to take a tour, ask about the afternoon class discount, or reserve a spot for next school year at (303)494-5814. Located in South Boulder at 3300 Redstone Road. Website: www.bouldermontessori.org
Tonight’s Halloween Scene for Kids
Looking for last-minute kid-friendly Halloween happenings? Here’s where you can scare up some fun for your little ones this evening:
Sweet treats and spooky spectacles
When: 3:00- 6:00 pm
Where: Pearl Street
When: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Where: 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, CO 80026
Non-Member Admission: $9 per child (1-11 years old); adults are free and so are children under age 1
Boulder High School Haunted House
When: 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: 1604 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Admission: $10 adults/$5 students
Frequent Flyers® Theatre of the Vampires
When: Show starts at 8:00 pm
Where: Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder
1595 Pleasant Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309-0285
Phone: (303) 245-8272
Tickets are still available! Purchase them online at: http://www.frequentflyers.org/page/theatre_of_the_vampires/
Goat-O-Ween on November 1st
When: Saturday, November 1, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Where: Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, 3240 Broadway, Boulder. If you are driving, use our back entrance at 13th and Hawthorne Avenue.
Admission: $20 (in advance) includes all activities; ages 2 and under are free. All event attendees must purchase a ticket in advance and show proof of purchase upon entry. Tickets purchased at the door are $25.
-By Dana L.