Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Stable of Terror" - Halloween with Horses Fall Festival Returns Oct. 16

Halloween with Horses, Powered by Radio Disney, held at The Colorado Horse Park, returns October 16, 2010. The fall festival offers more fun than ever before, including horse entertainment and favorites such as the Stable of Terror and the horse costume contest. The only fall festival of its kind, Halloween with Horses, Powered by Radio Disney, features a day of fun for the whole family, and has become one of the largest one-day events in Douglas County. The event has been recognized nationwide as a unique Halloween celebration, and attracts the support of the local community, including the Town of Parker, and hundreds of volunteers.

"We are very excited to host Halloween with Horses again this year," says Helen Krieble, The Colorado Horse Park's founder and president. "It is very rewarding to see how the community responds to this fun event."

Halloween with Horses, Powered by Radio Disney, is ideal for families and horse lovers alike. A safe trick-or-treat barn, pony and horse rides, Stable of Terror, pumpkin patch, face painting and the petting zoo are just a few of the ways little ghosts and goblins can have fun. Radio Disney will provide music and games from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Grown-ups will enjoy the crafters, and of course, the food vendors bringing everything from funnel cakes to gourmet sandwiches and sides. To top it all off, horse entertainment runs throughout the day, including the famous Westernaires.

One of the highlights of the event is the horse costume contest. Entrants must design a costume for their horse and themselves and the sky is the limit. Creativity abounds, with horses arriving dressed as crayon boxes, pirate ships, dragons, elephants and fantastical creatures. The overall grand prize winner will receive $1,000.

Explains Krieble, "We are always amazed by the amount of effort that the entrants put into these costumes. It is clear that many spend hundreds of hours on the details." Many contestants return every year, and the elaborate designs are always a fun surprise for the audience.

That special connection between horses and humans makes Halloween with Horses an event like no other. Horse lovers of all ages have many opportunities to interact with beautiful, wonderful equines. Youngsters will enjoy the breed barn where black, noble Friesians, cute, fluffy miniature horses and others will be available for pets and photos. The youngest riders can be introduced to horses via pony rides, while teens and adults can experience partnership with these special animals on the rides in one of the park's many arenas.

This access to horses plus all of the Halloween festivities has made Halloween with Horses a must-do fall activity. Continues Krieble, "It has become a family and community favorite. We get calls from around the country!"

The one-day festival has received nationwide publicity, and has been featured in magazines such as Woman's Day and television shows including the Martha Stewart show. Approximately 10,000 kids and adults are expected. "It is such a privilege hosting such a popular event," says Krieble. "We are thrilled that Halloween with Horses has been so warmly embraced by families and the community."

Halloween with Horses, Powered by Radio Disney, runs from 10:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 at The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 S. Pinery Drive. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. Tickets are $14 per person and include all of the activities (with the exception of food, drink and the purchase items from the vendors). Children under two years of age are free. Bring a can of food for the SECOR food bank and receive $1 off one admission. Parking is free. Visit The Colorado Horse Park website or Halloween with Horses on Facebook for more information, or call 303-841-5550.

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