Event secures safe fun for Halloween


Trick or Treating is a beloved Halloween tradition that encourages kids to dress up as their favorite character and strut through their neighborhood collecting candy, and Olde Town Arvada is offering a community trick or treat street, providing Arvada residents with a safe, fun option prior to Halloween.

In the early 2000s, the historical society decided to have a trick or treat day for children through Olde Town Arvada to provide a family-friendly event for children to enjoy Halloween.

“Trick or Treat Street is one of those events that is a simple, family-friendly place to come and have a good time,” organizer of the event Linda Ole Ferguson said.

Held along Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Grandview Avenue, and Grant Place, more than 75 percent of Olde Town merchants will welcome dozens of trick or treaters on Oct. 25, for a treat or a scare.

Lori Drienka, director and founder of the Eli Ashby Center Healing Arts of Arvada, has participated for the past eight years.

“We’ve always enjoyed having our business in Olde Town and it’s a great way to be involved with the community,” Drienka said.

Located in a yellow Victorian house at 7401 Grandview Ave., Drienka decided to celebrate the house’s history and spiritual presence by hosting a haunted house as well as hand out candy during Trick or Treat Street.

“There’s a lot of intrigue with the house, and it has a lot of lively, gentle spirits who are very pleased to welcome people into the house,” Drienka said.

This year, Drienka’s haunted house will feature appearances by Ed the Butler, Benny the Bouncer, sounds from Zombie Planet, and, hopefully, a few of the house’s residing spirits.

“We’ll have to see what the spirits are planning,” Drienka said, “It’s different every year.”

Four booths will be located throughout Olde Town to register for the costume contest, which costs $2. Participants will then be directed to the old schoolhouse, where they will have a still photograph taken, to be placed on the Historic Olde Town Arvada Facebook page; the winners will be announced at a later date.

“Our Trick or Treat Street is special because it’s a “small town in the city” experience for kiddos of all ages and families,” Ole Ferguson said.