With school now in full swing, cooler temperatures upon us, and only a few months left in the year, this must mean that Fall is finally here!
There are many things to do and events to go and be a part of, and all the fun and spooky Halloween happenings around our lovely valley that people of all ages can attend! One event in particular that holds near and dear to my heart is Opportunity Village’s Halloveen. If you’re a long-time resident of Las Vegas then you’ve most likely heard of their Magical Forest event which they’re most famous for every December. This is something that MUST be seen if you haven’t already, and features a beautiful and dazzling display of a magical forest strung with thousands and thousands of Christmas lights. There is also The Forest Express train and the best funnel cakes in town! But back to the topic at hand, Halloveen is a fun for all ages event that features many Halloveen rides and attractions including The Haunted Adventure and the Forest Express Ghost Train! Little ones are sure to enjoy this spooky yet fun train ride through the forest and experience all the fabulous Halloween lights and décor that the park has to offer! Cheyenne’s Carousel is sure to put a delightful smile on your child’s face as they may pick an animal to ride on and will even bring the adults back to a time of childhood nostalgia of when they once rode upon a carousel.
Witches and werewolves will also delight in treat stations around the forest and so will the giant Avalanche Slide that is a staple of the park! They even have Rod’s Monstrous mini-golf that makes for a little family friendly competition. While all of this is a great thing to do and to be a part of, let’s not forget the reason for this great community event. All proceeds for Halloveen will benefit people with disabilities at Opportunity Village. A little background on who they are, Opportunity Village is a non- profit organization that serves adults in the southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities to enhance the lives of not only them but their families as well. As stated by their website Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by a small group of families who sought to improve the lives of their children with disabilities. Since that time, Opportunity Village has grown significantly to become the state’s largest private non-profit organization serving nearly 2,000 people annually. They provide vocational training, community job placement, and social recreation programs among many others! Opportunity Village is almost entirely self-funded making it even more so impressive!
Halloveen at The Magical Forest is located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89147 and more information regarding prices can be found on their website at www.opportunity village.org. Halloveen runs from October 13th-15th and October 20th-31st from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. So, come out and bring you and your family to The Magical Forest for a spooktacular night of fun, laughs, and scares! Food and drinks will be sold on site and there will be PLENTY of free parking available in the College of Southern Nevada parking lot across from the entrance. Hope to see you all there as this is something that you will NOT want to miss!