It is Halloween time and, in Old Pasadena, this is a holiday for your entire household…meaning everyone, even your dog! While you wouldn’t think to take your little ones to a horrifying haunted house, Old Pasadena gives you a chance to enjoy the day with activities that will entertain you all, no matter the age.
Start by working on a pumpkin to decorate your house. On October 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, take your family to One Colorado (41 Hugus Alley) where pumpkins will be given out free on a first-come-first-served basis and where you will be able to play with glue sticks and markers until a fine pumpkin is ready to go home with you.
The following day (Oct. 25) will be time to dress up your dog to parade him as part of the Growl-o-ween held at The Dog Bakery (36 W. Colorado Blvd. – on Mills Place) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you do a great job, your dog may win the costume contest!
Starting on October 30, some Old Pasadena businesses will build a Day of the Dead Altar that will remain until November 1. You will be able to take a self-guided tour of them on any of the three days, take pictures and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #OldPas, and be entered to win one of three $50 giveaways. Your vote will count, as there will be a $500 award to the Best Traditional and Contemporary altars.
On Halloween day (Oct. 31) over 100 stores will wait for you and your family between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for trick-or-treating. Go to Colorado Blvd. in Old Pasadena where costumed characters will welcome you and where you can get a family photo in the courtyard. If you dress up your dog, go by The Dog Bakery for a treat.
Make it an evening at One Colorado and stay for the screening of “Mad Monster Party?” at 7:30 p.m. This is a 1967 animated flick that features all the fun ones – Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s monster, and more.
The celebration will wrap up on November 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mercantile Place (between Fair Oaks and Raymond), with a Day of the Dead Fiesta complete with face painting, crafts, altars, free popsicles (first 200 guests), and Aztec Fire Dancers.
Halloween does not have to be an adult-only day of horror. Your entire family can enjoy the holiday in Old Pasadena. Just remember to brush your teeth afterwards!