If you don’t feel safe taking your kids trick or treating door to door on Halloween, then consider going to the Safe Halloween at the Kern County Museum (Pioneer Village) in Bakersfield, California. The Kern County Museum has their Safe Halloween event for two nights every year on or around Halloween. Children 2-12 can trick or treat on the grounds of the museum. Tickets are $8.00 dollars per person or $5 dollars if you’re a museum member. Adults who accompany their children do have to buy a ticket but children 2 and under are free if they are NOT trick or treating.
I take my kids every year to the Safe Halloween and we always have fun. Try to get there early so you’ll be able to get a good parking space and be at the front of the line. I strongly recommend taking a flashlight for when it gets dark. They have some lamp posts but there are still some dark areas where it can be a little hard to see. For my kids, I also bought one of those blinking light Halloween necklaces to put over their costume and it was a lot easier for me to keep track of them. For the 2007 Safe Halloween, there will be over 30 safe trick or treat stations. The Trick or Treat Stations are placed in front of one of the buildings in the Kern County Museum so not only will your child get a treat, they’ll see the great history that the Museum has to offer. If you’re a Bakersfield resident, the odds are that you’ve been to the Kern County Museum at least once in your lifetime and taking your children to their Safe Halloween is a wonderful way to introduce them to Pioneer Village.
Each trick or treat space is decorated with a festive holiday theme. Past themes have included a pirate’s lair, a graveyard, maze, haunted house and more! In past years, they’ve even had volunteers dress up as Disney Princesses so that kids could pose and take pictures with them. Children are given sweet treats such as suckers & candy bars as well as pencils and stickers. When you first get to the Safe Halloween, your trick or treating child will receive a bag to hold their goodies in. You HAVE to use this bag, the sponsors WILL NOT give your child a treat if they aren’t using the bag the Kern County Museum gave you. If you get hungry for something that is not sweet, their are several vendors that sell food such as pizza, BBQ, hot dogs and popcorn.
There are costume contests that fall into the following age groups: Children 4 and under, Children 5-8, Children 9-12 and adults. If you’d like to take part in the contest, you must sign in and be at the contest area 15 minutes before it starts. Your costume has to be unique, no store bought costumes are allowed to be entered. The more inventive the better if you want a chance to win. Check with the Kern County Museum when you arrive to find out the contest times.
If you and your children want some added fun, they have a school style carnival. You do have to pay to play the games. Tickets last year were .50 cents each and will probably be the same price this year as they try to keep things affordable. Prizes are given out at the game booths.
This is my favorite Halloween event in Bakersfield to take my kids to. We’ve gone twice and I hope to take them to many more. I think that any family with young children would enjoy going to this event. I recommend bringing a couple of bottles of water to keep in your purse as everyone will get very thirsty from all the activity and by bringing your own, you won’t have to spend money on drinks there. If you and your children love Halloween, this is definitely the event you want to go to.
For 2007, the Safe Halloween dates are: October 30th & 31st from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Be sure to bring your camera as there will be plenty of great photo opportunity. You can buy tickets at Wells Fargo Branches, Vallitix or directly at the Kern County Museum. If you’d like more information on this event, you can call the Kern County Museum at 661-852-5020.