Signs of Halloween are near as bewitching, frightening and yes, political costumes and candy begin hitting the store shelves. While COVID-19 has changed the face of the holidays this year, one Highlands Ranch teenager, as in previous years, is going all out to entertain Halloween fans. Asked about his annual project, the 15-year old Alex Herrera says, “I’m into art, but I also like Halloween in general as a holiday.”
Herrera and family moved to Colorado a few years ago and since then, Herrera has decorated their Highlands Ranch home with customized, sometimes automated Halloween decorations. He started off by creating jack-o-lanterns and ghosts, but his creativity and imagination has grown and this year he plans to display a theme he describes as a “larger animatronic display” compared to previous years.
Young Herrera’s love for Halloween, his creativity and imagination have no limit. “I would say that this year’s display is more grand and scale compared to previous years. I’m taking this a lot more serious compared to back then,” he said. “I would also say that I just feel like I have a lot more creative freedom. I just feel this year will be one of the best in terms of how much I decorate. Back then; I would put up a few things. This year, there will be more lighting incorporated into my display.” And apparently the chilling weather and recent snowfall is not holding Herrera back.
At 15, Herrera is a sophomore at Regis Jesuit in Aurora. He plans to display 10 to 20 Halloween decorations that will be immersive. His other interests include, painting and sculpting (landscapes). Herrera is considering a career in art.
While COVID-19 dominates our lives this Halloween, Herrera hopes his Halloween display can be a bright spot in an otherwise strange and tough 2020. Herrera’s Halloween display is not your everyday effort. Herrera adds, “I just hope that people will be interested and engaged and that they’ll be willing to get a closer look at the display,”
So many holiday events have been cancelled due to COVID-19 this year. As this dreadful disease continues to increase in Colorado and nationwide Coloradoans are playing it safe, staying home, or wearing masks and practicing social distancing when they are out and about, but you can safely experience Herrera’s Halloween display from your car or in person, beginning this Halloween weekend, on Friday, October 30th, located at 2655 Greensborough Circle in Highlands Ranch.
Besides Herrera’s extravagant Halloween display, there are still ways to enjoy Halloween. Chatfield Farms in Littleton has its seven-acre corn maze along with a 10-acre pumpkin patch. Other entities like the Butterfly Pavilion and the Denver Zoo are taking part in the festivities by offering trick or treating for children. This Saturday at the outdoor North Plaza of the Denver Union Station will hold a pet parade.
For a more robust list of ways to celebrate Halloween, visit denver.org/things-to-do/fall-winter/Halloween/. You will find ways to celebrate for the whole family and ways that grown ups can celebrate Halloween this year.