Halloween brings many adventures

Spook time!’Tis a time of trick-or-treat and sometimes the tricks are more fun than the treats. You’ll see quite a few if you visit local haunted houses or checkout a zoo or park that’s holding a celebration.
People with fertile imaginations have come up with many ways to celebrate that can stimulate anyoneÕs sense of fun.
Halloween train rides, complete with scares, are a favorite with both adults and children. This year the Cape Cod Central Railroad is offering the Halloween Fun Train on Oct. 23. The theme will be “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” with the Wizard and friends to entertain and children in costume riding for half price. Similar trains can be found around the country.

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

Feel your children are too young for such rides?Pumpkin patch train rides are a fun option. The train travels to a pumpkin patch where the little ones can pick a pumpkin.Several narrow gauge railroads, such as the Durango and Silverton, Colorado, run The Great Pumpkin Patch Express train featuring characters from the Peanuts comic strip (check excursions near you).
The railroad’s Durango run, which roars out on four separate days, promises a straw bale maze, storytelling, trick-or-treat and a bounce house.
On Oct 30, one can visit Mill Race Historical Village in Northville, Mich., and step back into time for a Victorian Halloween event: A Victorian Mourning. Participants learn about death and mourning practices in Victorian times and are introduced to spirit photography. Who knows what spirits will be there?
Ruth and Thomas Roy at Wellcat.com have proclaimed October 30 as Haunted Refrigerator Night, a time to face what lurks behind all that stuff. Have you cleaned the fridge lately?

It’s fun: Dress your pet for Halloween

If you’re having a Halloween party this year, why not invite your dog or cat into the festivities?
You can dress them in costume. You won’t be the only one doing it. Last year, many consumers dressed their dogs as a rabbit, a bumble bee or some other critter, according to the National Retail Federation. PetSmart also had costumes for horses and turtles.

Halloween Pet

Halloween Pet

Petco was selling dog treats in skull, pumpkin and bat shapes for about $4 a pound. Its Spa Works grooming package included pumpkin spice shampoo, a frilly orange and black party collar and glow-in-the dark nail polish.
Some fancy pet stores held doggie fashion shows featuring costumed pets in funny or scary outfits.
Cats can be dressed for a party as well, but they are mainly lap cats who like to be handled. Petco says cat hats are a big seller, including cowboy, witch and pirate styes.
Walmart usually carries princess, witch and Dracula costumes for pets, plus frilly dresses. Last year, one dress had a glow-in-the-dark skull on the front.
Veterinarians think most pets enjoy the extra attention from their doting owners and more attention from party guests. They say petting and dressing your dog increases bonding.
When Halloweeners come to your door this year, you and your costumed pet could greet them with smiles.