“We've been here for hours,” said Brady, who lives in Broomfield. “I can't believe how much fun it is.”
Elly's favorite was dancing with costumed sorority members to Halloween music, while Greyson was most enchanted by green slime “ghost boogies” and hammering plastic pins into pumpkins.
“I liked everything,” Greyson said.
The eighth annual Halloween House, sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder sorority, was expected to draw at least a
hundred children today. The event benefits BoulderReads!, a Boulder Public Library literacy program. Attendees also were encouraged to bring books to donate, which BoulderReads! uses as rewards for its Reading Buddies program and for the Boulder Valley School District's Family Literacy program.
The event included a photo booth, game room, craft room, story time, face painting, music and trick-or-treating on the top two floors of the house. Sorority members decorated the house and ran the crafts, games and trick-or-treating. Alumni of the sorority helped with organizing the event.
“We really want Boulder families to have a safe, fun Halloween weekend,” said alum organizer Jen Kinsey.
Freshman and Kappa Kappa Gamma member Kathryn McNulty, a cowgirl for the event, said she was excited to help the kids with crafts, including creating ghosts out of marshmallows.
“I'm loving it,” she said. “I'm having so much, and the kids are having a great time.”
The trick-or-treaters included an astronaut, firefighters, a robot made out of recycled materials, a strawberry, devils, ninjas, princesses, fairies and super heroes.
Kristin Butcher brought her two sons to the event for the first time — 1-year-old, Miles Schutz was dressed as “Bam-Bam” and 4-year-old Logan Schutz as a zombie Harry Potter with dinosaur feet.
“The dance party is pretty awesome and all the enthusiasm of the sorority members is a lot of fun,” she said.
Friends Carrie Hill and Jessica Zettlemoyer consider the Halloween house a tradition, bringing their daughters to the event for the fourth year.
“I love Halloween,” said Hill, whose 4-year-old daughter Emily came as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. “This is one of my favorite events because it's not scary and there are a good variety of activities for the kids.”
Added 5-year-old Zoe Zettlemoyer, who picked a cat costume this year, “There are fun games and we get candy.”