Expect spooky fun at Fun Street Family Arcade on Halloween Night

Halloween night can be fun or spooky, depending on your tastes. The Haunted House at Fun Street Family Arcade can give you a chance to try out both sides of the holiday.

Plan to visit the arcade from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, for a spooky celebration.  Enjoy some hot chocolate and apple cider and, of course, some trick-or-treat candy.  At 7:30 p.m. costume contests will get underway for babies, kids and older “kids-at-heart” with prizes donated by local merchants.

There will be two separate haunted house experiences inside the building. One is called simply “The Haunted House,” and the second is called “The Wicked Circus.”  The circus-themed experience is designed to be the more intense of the two.

In addition to the big scary parts, a “kid-friendly but still Halloween-y” movie will be shown in the back area of the arcade. The front of the arcade will be open with the usual selection of classic arcade games, air hockey, Skee-Ball and other favorites. Some Halloween items will be added to the selection of prizes at ticket redemption.

This evening of scary fun is the brainchild of Misty Blue. “I worked at haunted houses when I lived in Denver,” she explains.  When she moved here, she wanted to start another one, just out of love for Halloween and the community.  “Last year, we put it together in two weeks. This year, we have had a couple of months with Scotty’s help.”

Scotty Hughes, owner of Fun Street Family Arcade, thought the arcade was a perfect place to hold the event. This second year of the Halloween party is the first one at the arcade, which has been open since springtime. Hughes says the arcade had a great summer, and they adjusted their hours with the start of the school year.

“F Street is a major trick-or-treat route in Salida,” he says with a smile. “We have a good location in the middle of everything. That makes this event a good pre- or post-trick-or-treating event. It’s sometimes hard to feel like celebrating when a holiday comes during the work week, and most of the events seem to be the weekend before. We hope to help make this the best Wednesday Halloween ever.”

The event is free, but donations are accepted and very much appreciated. Most of the cost for the event is borne out of pocket by Blue and her family, who do all the decorating and organizing. “We put everything together ourselves with all homemade decorations,” she explains.  “Any money left over from this year will just go toward next year’s party.”

Prize donations have already come in from Hunger Junction in Poncha Springs, 216 Ferraro’s in Salida, and others. Anyone interested in contributing, especially with circus decorations or props to be used in the haunted houses, may call Hughes at 719-280-9108.

Fun Street Family Arcade is located at 243 F Street in Salida.  Be sure to make it one of your Halloween haunts this year.