Halloween block party hits West Vail
Once again, children are invited to go trick or treating in the Matterhorn and adjoining Highland Meadows neighborhoods in West Vail.
A highlight of the event will be a block party in the new Donovan Pavilion. The activities will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
This is the seventh year for the block party, which originated during the Vail Tomorrow community visioning project. The need for a multi-purpose community facility in Vail such as the pavilion was also identified by Vail Tomorrow participants.
Vail Town Council member Greg Moffet, who lives in the neighborhood and is helping organize the annual block party, says the neighborhood has always rallied around the event.
“It’s a great family event and a lot of people pitch in,” Moffet says. “Given the unpredictable weather on Halloween, we’re grateful for the opportunity to have the post-trick or treat party indoors at the new Pavilion. As always, anyone who wants their kids to get an old-fashioned Halloween experience is welcome.”
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Greg, his wife Chris, their two children, Molly, 12, and Bridget, 10, along with several neighbors, organized the first party because they were tired of going downvalley to trick or treat when their neighborhood was full of families.
“We were encouraged by the Vail Tomorrow process and its efforts to create a stronger sense of community,” Greg Moffet says.
In addition, Moffet says, the town has always been helpful with the event, especially the Police Department, which helps control traffic during the trick or treating and gives the kids an opportunity to meet real police officers. Plus, Moffet says it’s a great opportunity for the families and neighbors throughout Vail to get together socially.
Friday’s activities will begin at approximately 5 p.m. when neighborhood children will trick or treat throughout the area. Residents in the two neighborhoods are asked to attach an orange pumpkin flier to their door-and to leave the porch light on-to signify participation.
Fliers will be distributed prior to Halloween. In addition to the trick or treating, a potluck dinner, games and other activities for kids of all ages will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Donovan Pavilion.
Families from all Vail neighborhoods are welcome to join the fun.
Representatives from the Vail Police Department also will be on hand during the event to meet the children, keep an eye on traffic and to promote safety.
The Matterhorn and Highland Meadows area is located on the south side
of Interstate 70 between Cascade Village and the West Vail roundabout.
For more information, contact Chris or Greg Moffet at 479-9522.