Halloween in Wyoming can be a chilling — if not downright freezing — experience, so some local organizations are hosting indoor celebrations to help keep trick-or-treaters warm.
BooFest at the Ivinson Memorial Hospital and Safe Treat at the University of Wyoming are two alternatives to traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating today.
Starting at 3 p.m., BooFest participants can fill their bags with candy at various stations spread throughout IMH, 255 N. 30th St.
“This year we’re going to loop them through the hospital,” IMH Marketing Manager Kendle Dockham said. “Last year, we just had them in the west atrium.”
Parking should be available in front of the building and in the hospital’s new parking garage, a news release says. BooFest signs will guide participants through the building.
“We’ll have a photo booth, and one of our departments will be taking photos,” Dockham said. “One of the departments will have a little fishing game, and there will be little fun games at each table.”
In its second year, BooFest is becoming popular among the various hospital departments, and Dockham said the event will host 17 different stops along the tour this year.
“We estimate about 600 kiddos came through (in 2016), so we’re hoping to have the same turnout,” she said. “It’s about (IMH) offering a safe, warm place for the community to come and enjoy Halloween.”
The event is scheduled to end at 6 p.m.
After taking a hiatus in 2016, the UW Wyoming Union is hosting Safe Treat again this Halloween.
“We did not have the staff to pull this off last year,” Union Office Associate Bailey Quick said.
“The (UW) Buchanan Center (for Performing Arts) took it over. They wanted to do it again this year, so we combined to make it one event. We think it’s going to bigger and better this year.”
By combining the event, Quick said they were able to add more locations for trick-or-treating. From 3-5 p.m. Safe Treat participants can stop by the Buchanan Center for Performing Arts for games and treats. From 4-6 p.m., Sorority Row and the Union will host Halloween events. And the final stop on the Safe Treat tour is the UW Washakie Dining Center from 5-7 p.m.
“We had a lot more people want to participate in it this year,” Quick said.
In addition to various UW departments getting involved, she said about 40 registered student organizations are slated to participate in the event.
“(At the Union), there will be some different ring toss games, a photo booth, a fishing game and many others as well as student groups handing out candy,” Quick said. “Our ad says the event is open to school–aged children, because some of the activities require kids to a little older. But everybody loves seeing those little kids in their costumes, so there’s really no restriction.”