Nothing scarier than a Colorado Halloween without a coat

Posted 10/9/18

There are certain rituals we all go through for different seasons of the year. Once fall sets in, those of us who live here in Colorado start wondering when the first snowfall of the season will …

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Nothing scarier than a Colorado Halloween without a coat

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There are certain rituals we all go through for different seasons of the year. Once fall sets in, those of us who live here in Colorado start wondering when the first snowfall of the season will happen.

It’s usually sometime in October, but we never know exactly when it’s going to come down. Have you ever noticed that for a while, whenever you see some precipitation during the month, you start wondering if it’s going to turn to snow, but after the first snow hits you just kind of assume the rain is over for the year and from now on it’s just going to snow?

Well, at least that’s what happens with me.

I never gave it that much thought until tonight when I was out and about in a foggy drizzle that made everything look like a scene from a scary movie involving things that go bump in the night.

But, I guess that adds to the fun and anticipation of Halloween, doesn’t it?

Truthfully, growing up, there used to more occasions than not when you went trick or treating with snow on the ground.

Now let me warn any of you who are new to the area and have kids.

You can look at the weather statistics about how many times it snowed on Halloween through the years and be totally optimistic that it may not be snowing on that night.

But don’t be fooled by those figures. What they never mention is how many times it turned cold and nasty, then snowed a day or two before Halloween and the stuff was still on the ground when you headed out to haunt the neighborhood.

Just assume it’s going to be pretty cold, then be pleasantly surprised if it isn’t.

I’m telling you this because it’s about the time when you might start putting your costume ideas together with your kids.

If you are planning on going out into the night, it’s a very good idea to either create something you can wear over a coat or incorporate some kind of coat into the costume itself.

You don’t want your kids to freeze out there and they look kind of silly going door to door with a ski parka totally covering up the costume. So keeping that in mind, here are some things happening around town that you might want to be able to bundle up for.

In a previous column I mentioned a hayride themed for adults, but there is another one coming up that is fun for the whole family.

It’s the Haunted Hayride that will be happening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Oct. 25-27.

They pick you up at Miner’s Saloon at 1109 Miners Alley at 6:30 p.m. and you ride around town in the Golden Hayride vehicle stopping at several historic spots with haunted pasts.

Golden historian Stacy Fowler will be along to fill you in on all the ghoulish details and chilling stories about the places and spirits that inhabit Golden.

No, they won’t be stopping at my house. The ghosts around here try to keep a low profile.

You can also do a little ghost hunting on the trip and try to communicate with the ghosts using dowsing rods and the Ghost Meter EMF Sensors, both of which they will show you how to use.

The ride ends at the Old Capitol Grill where each participant can ask internationally acclaimed Psychic and Medium Troy Griffin any question they like.

Personally, I’d be focusing on lottery numbers, but some of you might want to know what Grandma’s been up to in the spirit world.

Tickets for the event run $35 and you can order them by going to www.eventbrite.com and typing in “Looking for: Haunted, In: Golden, CO”. Scroll down a bit and you’ll find it. If you have trouble you can call them at (303) 277-9222.

Golden Trick or Treat Street

This year it’s actually happening on Halloween Day, Oct. 31. The Golden downtown merchants will be working with the Golden police to provide a safe place for kids to trick or treat. Just show up in downtown Golden on Washington Avenue and trick or treat at all the businesses down there. It happens in the afternoon from 3-5:00 p.m. and it’s free. But … Don’t forget about bringing a coat along. Trust me.

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 jaimaging@aol.com

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