Katie McCarthy: Haunted houses and a 1st Halloween

October 4, 2013 

Alice in Wonderland, Minnie Mouse or ... a Viking?

This isn't some strange drinking game -- these are just a few of the options my husband and I have discussed for our daughter's first Halloween costume. I'm sure you can guess which one my husband's rooting for.

While the Viking costume is cute, but it comes with a big red beard attached to the helmet -- it's obviously not unisex.

It's a delicate thing, your child's first Halloween. You don't want to go overboard with a costume because they'll only wear it once. But there are so many adorable options for dressing up a baby.

My vote is for Alice -- it was the first idea that popped into my head.

Not only is it easily recognizable and perfect for an ensemble, but I could definitely make her dress.

And if she's going to be Alice, it's looking like a homemade outfit is inevitable. I've spent more than a few minutes looking online and at a few stores and have yet to find anything that satisfies. It's either too expensive or too cheap.

Plus she's already got the black patent leather Mary Janes. White stockings, blue dress, white apron, black hair bow -- voila! Alice.

Once the costume issue is sorted out, there's another dilemma: what to do?

Babies don't eat candy, so taking her trick-or-treating is pretty much just collecting candy for ourselves. But not taking her trick-or-treating feels like we're missing out on her first Halloween.

There's always Uptown's Spooktacular, which will be Oct. 26 and probably a great opportunity to show off our little cutie.

The best option I can come up with for Halloween proper is to latch onto some friends with older children for trick-or-treating -- that way the daughter gets to have a true Halloween experience and we don't necessarily have to collect a bagful of candy that she can't (and we shouldn't) eat.

Haunted houses

Now that we've covered Halloween fun for the kids, how about some Halloween fun for adults?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, an attraction in Atlanta run by horror filmmakers that actually makes you feel like you're in a horror film. It's open Fridays and Saturdays, plus Thursdays starting Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 27. It costs $20-$60 depending on how many attractions you visit. Go to atlantazombie.com for more information.

Pope's Haunted Farm in Salem, Ala., opens Saturday and will run Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2. It costs $13-$25 depending on how many attractions you want to visit. Go to popeshayride.com for more information.

The Columbus Haunted House presents Massacre at the Mill starts Oct. 17. It will run nightly through Halloween at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. Tickets are $15. Visit thecolumbushauntedhouse.com for more information.

Katie McCarthy, kmccarthy@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8515.

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