by Kristen Dow
For children, Halloween is a time of fantasy and imagination. They can become whoever or whatever their minds conceive. This holiday is the one time out of the year when it is OK for kids to be spooky things like vampires, ghosts, witches and werewolves.
However, when those children become “grown ups,” they cannot feasibly put on a scary mask and go door-to-door asking for candy anymore. But, Halloween can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Several amusement parks in the surrounding area provide the public with Halloween-themed activities which allow adults as well as children to participate in the festivities.
Disneyland is hosting “Mickey’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat.” This is an after park hours special event, the dates are Oct. 29, 30 and 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Forty-five to 50 stations are located within the park, and guests are invited to trick-or-treat around Disneyland. Everyone is invited to wear costumes, but masks are not allowed for safety reasons. All ages are welcome, and the admission is $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 3 to 11.
For the month of October, the family-oriented Knott’s Berry Farm is transformed into Knott’s Scary Farm. This year marks its 24th annual “Halloween Haunt.” The hours are, Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; and Nov. 2, 7 p.m.-3 a.m. This is an adult-themed event, and therefore, not recommended for children under 12.
Knott’s Berry Farm requests that the guests not wear costumes so it will be easy to tell the guests apart from the staff. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Knott’s ticket box office or through Ticketmaster for $29.95. At the door, they are $33.95.
Junior Michelle Runyan, has heard good things about the “Halloween Haunt.”
“Everyone said it’s the best place to go,” she said. “I wanted to try something new for Halloween. It’s supposed to be really scary.”
Another Halloween activity closer to La Verne and not as expensive is the Third Annual Phi Delta Theta Fraternity “Halloween Bash” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Co-sponsored this year by Iota Delta Sorority and Latino Student Forum (LSF), the event will take place at Griswold’s on Foothill Blvd. The price is $3 for University of La Verne students with I.D. and $5 for non-ULV students.
Janeen Carrigan, Iota Delta social chair, said that the Halloween party is a “chance for us all to let the kid in us come out. It’s highly recommended that you come in costume.”