Colorado: When a Quirky Town Meets Halloween…. at Night!

Estes Park is a great little town to visit after you connect with nature at Rocky Mountain National Park for one special reason: Estes Park has a fabulous sense of humor.

Estes Park is like a Disneyland with no thrill rides – it stimulates your senses and you discover a new surprise wherever you go.

Colors shine in the lights beaming from low-level stores and restaurants, and it really does feel like what one might image as “simply Christmas”. Can you believe I’ve never had a Christmas?

In mid-October, the closest upcoming holiday was Halloween, and Estes Park dressed the part.

As in Israel’s Purim, Halloween is famous for sweet-eating. At Purim, which takes place in spring, we give each other plates filled with candy. Halloween folks, on the other hand, have to go to strangers’ house in the fall and ask them for “trick or treat”, and I do wonder what happens if the strangers who open the door choose “trick”.

Well, at least ya’ll have Christmas.

And you have pumpkins. Americans love to carve pumpkin, an old fall harvesting tradition that became associated with Halloween in mid or late nineteenth century.

As in Israel’s Purim, one of the best parts of Halloween is wearing customs.

The teddy bear's shirt recommends: Cleverly disguise as a responsible adult

Of course, Halloween has one more special feature which Purim doesn’t have: a spooky likening of horror movies and all symbols that come with that – mainly: skeletons.

Maybe that’s what happens when the strangers choose “trick”.


What’s your favorite part about Halloween? What’s your favorite part about Purim?



  1. I’m amazed that you have never celebrated Christmas – but of course it makes sense that you haven’t. 🙂 I’ve celebrated Passover with dear Jewish friends of mine and loved it. 🙂 I like getting dressed up on Halloween. It’s fun to be someone different for a night. And I especially like the community feeling this holiday brings out – the streets filled with dressed up kids so excited with their bags of candy. 🙂
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    • Dressing up is fun, yet my last few Purim holidays were so hectic, so I hope this coming year I can catch up with this custom. It was fun experiencing part of Halloween in the States, and I would love to experience Christmas one day. Love it that you got to experience Passover and that you enjoyed it! I think it must be really interesting to get to experience other religions’ holidays.

  2. Well we don’t really do the whole Halloween thing in our family, although we do go out the day after Halloween and stock up when all the candy goes on sale for 1/2 price. I guess if I was in Estes Park though, I’d make an effort to get into the spirit. If the whole town is participating, I’m sure it would be a lot of fun.
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    • At least you could take a photo with a skeleton 🙂 Great tip about candy being 1/2 price after Halloween! I would have bought myself some extra chocolate had I known last year.

    • The cookies do look good! We went to eat a real dinner instead, so I never got to taste them.

  3. I love this post! I’ve been to Estes Park twice and really like it there. The mountains are gorgeous and the air is so fresh. It’s interesting to me that you got to spend Halloween there because Estes Park is home to the famous Stanley Hotel, which is where Stephen King thought he saw ghosts and began writing his blockbuster The Shining. Many people still believe the Stanley is haunted. I’ve stayed there twice, and many people (not me) will stay up late or even all night long roaming the halls looking for ghosts. Did you make it there? If not, there’s always next time 🙂
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    • Hahaha, it would have been interesting to encounter “ghosts” there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the Stanley Hotel. We were focused on getting dinner…. after taking photos with the pumpkin and skeleton, that is 🙂


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