Arvada: Community garden enchants residents

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Halloween can be a frightening holiday.

But this year, the team at The Well House decided to try their hand at a hosting a free, non-scary event.

“It's hard to find places to go where it's not gory or scary,” said Kristi Zakrzewski, administrator at The Well House. “We wanted to have a place that little kids could come to that was fun to do and open for the community.”

Where vegetables and flowers grew and gnomes once stood, now, finely-dressed skeletons, large pumpkin scarecrows, and a mini-corn maze and more sit in more than 20 garden plots as part of the “Enchanted Garden.”

Ida Poole, 92, a resident of The Well House, is excited about the garden. “I love the whole thing,” she said, “I enjoy it because we had a lot of kids come through our neighborhood; it's their day to terror around.”

Decorated by The Well House staff, Warder Elementary students and around 10 local businesses, each plot has been overtaken by a Halloween-centered theme. A few of the decorations, including some of the hanging bats and polka-dotted pumpkins, were decorated by a few of the Well House residents.

“This was fun,” Marjean said about decorating pumpkins for the garden, “I like to see the kids, it's nice.”

From pumpkin scarecrows at desks to skeletons having tea, each plot has been festively designed to embellish the holiday in an enjoyable, rather than frightening way.

“It's just a happy place to be,” Zakrzewski said, “I hope we have a lot of people come through, it's good for the businesses that have done plots and it's good for the kids.”

The garden, located at 6501 W. 60 Ave., is open daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., is open through Halloween. The Enchanted Garden is wheelchair accessible, and is open to those of all ages who would like to celebrate a safe, fun, non-scary Halloween.

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