Costumes, candy and Halloween fun

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Halloween is just around the corner, meaning parents will be looking for a safe way to celebrate the holiday with their witches, wizards, pirates and princesses.

Olde Town Arvada is hosting trick or treating twice this weekend, once for children and once for their four-legged friends.

Trick or Treat Street, an Olde Town tradition, gives families the opportunity to trick or treat in a safe environment and participate in other Halloween activities, including a haunted house and costume contest.

“It’s something to experience,” said Karen Miller, president of the Historic Olde Town Arvada Association and owner of Paws ‘n’ Play, 7403 Grandview Ave.

About 30 businesses around Olde Town open their shops to trick or treaters and hand out candy to children as they make their rounds.

“The whole idea is to have a safe environment,” Miller said. “We’re a small community and the merchants look at it as giving back. It’s a fun event.”

There will also be a costume contest with winners in several categories. In years past, between 1,500-2,000 people attended Trick or Treat Street.

Lori Drienka, owner of Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center of Arvada, 7401 Grandview Ave., transforms the center into a haunted house for trick or treaters.

Trick or Treat Street is from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

The haunted house will also be open from 5-8 p.m. Saturday with money raised benefiting Friends of Arvada Fire.

Tickets for Trick or Treat Street are $2. All of the money raised will go to helping reimburse businesses for buying candy as well as buying more lights for the Christmas tree that will be in Olde Town Square this holiday season.

Halloween, or Howl-oween, isn’t just for children either.

Paws ‘n’ Play is also hosting its sixth annual pet trick or treating event, Howl-oween, from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Howl-oween gives pets the chance to don Halloween outfits and walk around Olde Town Arvada collecting healthy treats provided by Paws ‘n’ Play.

There is also a costume contest with first, second and third place winners in three categories — best theme or group costume, which can include owners or multiple pets, best individual costume and crowd pleaser.

Costume contest prizes include gift certificates, gift baskets and more.

The cost is $10 per dog. Miller said the bag of treats each pet goes home with is worth more than the cost of admittance.

All proceeds from Howl-oween are donated to local animal charities.

This year’s charities include Spay Today and Freedom Service Dogs, a nonprofit that trains rescue dogs and gives them to people with permanent disabilities.

“It’s a fun, fun event for dogs and their owners,” Miller said. “It’s a good time; you’re supporting local pet charities and getting more than $10 worth of treats and maybe even a prize.”

Howl-oween is limited to about 75 dogs.

For more information on either Trick or Treat Street or Howl-oween, call 303-420-6100.

The Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., is also getting in the Halloween spirit with its annual carnival 4-7 p.m. Friday.

The carnival will feature games, bounce houses, hayrides, ghost stories and a children-friendly maze.

Tickets are $4 per child and adults are free with a paying child.

For more information, call 303-424-2739.

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