Today's fifth annual Highland Haunt, in the Potter Highlands neighborhood, is more sweet than spooky, since it's primarily for kids. The shops along 32nd Avenue between Clay and Zuni streets (which will be closed to traffic) will open their doors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for little trick-or-treaters, while a petting zoo, piñata-making station and live music entertain revelers outdoors. Adult- and kid-sized costume contests will follow a pedestrian parade down the block; Photo Element Studio will be on hand to capture the moment for $5.
Another $5 gets kids an all-access pass to unlimited hayrides, trips to the bouncy castle, a face-painting station and a free pumpkin of choice from the on-site pumpkin patch. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Bienvenidos Food Bank, a nonprofit serving northwest Denver.
"It's a good way to highlight our neighborhood and give everyone a reason to get together," says Amy Berglund, a founding sponsor of the Highland Haunt.