Three distinct things happen in autumn that makes me love October. One, the weather cools and while I don’t like the shorter days, I do like the crisp mornings that require sweaters and fires in the hearth. The second sure sign of autumn is the changing of the leaves from a bright green to a burnished orange or red. When the trees are on fire with color my camera never stops clicking to capture the beauty and power of nature. The last thing is Halloween. I love to hear little ones planning what they will “be” and hearing adults get excited about haunted houses and forests, along with the smell of pumpkins being carved to scare the spirits away. If you’re surprised I didn’t say Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s then it might surprise you to know I’ve never had one, so I may not know what I’m missing. When I think about our 30 years with Giraffe Laugh, I do recall many falls and many a parade around Hyde Park, the neighboring areas near our Grand Ave. location and the fun we had with families and children trick or treating. Some of those little ones are now herding their own broods in the parades at Giraffe Laugh on Halloween and the cycle of memories and fun continues. Those days are some of my favorite moments and traditions. Last year was the second year of the Alsager/Yoest Haunted House to benefit Giraffe Laugh. Just like that, a new tradition was born and it’s stellar! For those out there that also love Halloween and all of the thrills it brings, this is for you. It is NOT for younger children and those under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult and prepared to calm some bad dreams that night. For those that are interested there is no charge to attend (and believe me it’s an event!) however, they request that you bring canned goods and/or make a monetary donation. So grab your friends and if you have a sitter that night or wish to brave the “show” with younger ones, drop by before the party you’ll be heading to and join us. There will be a fire in the cul de sac and fun times for all. Costumes are not required but highly accepted and add to the fun. You can find more information HERE or sign up to help at this event HERE. Happy autumn and happy Halloween everyone!
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Giraffe Laugh is a local nonprofit that provides early childhood education and nurturing to 150 Treasure Valley children annually by ensuring school readiness, empowering families, and building strong futures.
Giraffe Laugh has two full time centers serving children from birth to five years old, a full-time preschool program that serves children from three and a half to five years old, and a summer program that serves children that are of school-age.