Young children who want to celebrate with a kooky, not spooky, Halloween party should attend the Bellaboo’s Black Cat’s Meow Oct. 24.
The event, geared towards kids aged 8 and under, gives visitors a structured show, in which kids explore each room in order to solve a mystery.
“It’s more of a fun house than a haunted house, and the kids rotate from room to room,” said Kara Mackey, Bellaboo’s general manager. “We have a party in the center where they meet some characters, we sing and dance, go room to room and meet in the center again for a finale and a reveal.”
The event, which runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m., is one of many events Bellaboo’s October Halloween events.
In addition to themed favorites like kids’ cooking, other activities include a My-Size mini-maze, a great hay pile search, pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing and a not-so-spooky story time at various times during the month.
This is the fifth year for the Black Cat’s Meow, and it has been a popular event since Bellaboo’s first opened its doors. Tickets are limited to between 100 and 150 children, Mackey said, to ensure the best possible experience for the children. Tickets must be purchased online before the event.
“Everyone comes dressed in costume, and the staff is in costume,” she said. “Everyone has a ball. For our finale, we have balloons or bubbles and wrap the kids like mummies. We use tons of toilet paper. It’s the best kind of silly house.”
Mackey said the kids love the theme of the Grinch trying to steal the kooky out of Halloween and his attempt to make it spooky.
“They’re into it, they’re on a mission to find the cat’s hat,” she said. “They have a ball, and giggle the whole night.”
The event is also popular for parents, because they don’t have to worry about keeping their children safe and warm.
“We don’t load them up with sweets, and they’re in a safe, friendly atmosphere,” she said. “This is especially great for the little ones, because it’s not too scary. They’re running around, playing and sweating and having a ball.”