valas4-1024x680Halloween is one of the best holidays we single moms celebrate. I love  the fun of dressing up with my kids and roaming around the neighborhood with them while they collect candy. There are also lots of fun activities but often some are a bit too scary for little ones. Here are 5 fun and not-too-scary happenings in and around the U.S. for you to enjoy. If you live in the area check them out, if you don’t–perhaps it’s time for a family road trip. Single moms and kids traveling together can build bonds and responsibility. Your children get to help you, help them, have fun!

1.  Roswell, GACNC Halloween Hikes photo
If your kids wants to try a totally alternative Halloween event how about a Halloween Hike at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The guided night hike is on a lit trail where nature-themed characters, Box Turtle and Water Drop, tell nature stories. Prior to the hike kids can make bat puppets at the arts & crafts center, enjoy face painting, live music and sip a warm drink by the bonfire. Activities begin at 7pm and run until 9:45pm.You will receive a hike number with your ticket purchase.


Boo_at_the_Zoo22. Columbia, SC
From October 16 through the 30th you’re all invited to head over to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC for the annual Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo. Children 12 and under who wear costumes will be treated to fun activities like a trick-or-treat trail, Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky dance party, spooky safari, spots and stripes railroad, haunted carousel and much more. The runs from 6 pm to 9 pm each evening. Tickets are $10 but limited so it’s recommended you purchase in advance online. Children younger than 2 are free.


3. Denver, CO

Photos by Evan SemÛn

Photos by Evan Seman

The Denver Union Station & The Crawford Hotel will be hosting the 2nd annual Kids Halloween Parade & Party on Oct. 29th from 5-7pm.  The celebration will feature trick-or-treating in the merchant shops, palm readers, balloon twisters, magicians and live music. The highlight of the day is a costume parade from Wynkoop Plaza through the Great Hall. There will be prizes for best overall and best group/family costumes. The event is free and open to all. The Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m.


20130924-2046494. Scottsdale AZ
On October 31 between 10am to 4pm Butterfly Wonderland will host a Halloween costume parade. The top three winners will receive a special gift and will be featured on the Butterfly Wonderland website. Visitors dressed in costume as their favorite butterfly or critter will also receive (1) coupon for hte laser maze walkthrough at the OdySea Mirror Maze next door. Butterfly Wonderland is Scottsdale’s newest destination attraction and largest glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory in America.


5. Gretna, NE
A pumpkin patch is a pumpkin patch, but Vala’s Pumpkin Patch near Gretna is extraordinary. Sure you can pick your own pumpkin. But this patch is more like a county fair. Your kids can feed animals, there are  23 places to get food, seven places to shop, live entertainment, rides and enough other activities to fill a guide map. It has been dubbed the largest Pumpkin patch in the country and it’s only open for 42 days. Daily ticket prices vary or you can purchase a season pass.