Posted by: mccordalliance | October 31, 2010

Storybook Forest

I’ve seen photos of my friends and their kids at Storybook Forest at Lake Arcadia, and I remember thinking- I don’t really know what that is, but it looks fun and when Jack is old enough, I’ll take him. Well, I decided 1`was old enough and plans were made.

Storybook Forest is a trick-or-treat trail with different storybook scenes set up along the way. Rapunzel, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Hansel and Gretel, Pinocchio, 3 Little Pigs, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, etc. Each story has a cute little scene set up, and a volunteer there to hand out candy. At the end of the trail are games and a hayride. There are also campfires for cooking hot dogs and s’mores.

Our friends Jen and Greg went with us, and their kids Grant and Viv, who are 5 and 1.

Once in the forest, Jack started crying. What a bad idea, I thought. However, he watched Grant get some candy, and decided it must be ok, so he marched up to Rapunzel’s tower and got his candy. After that, he just toddled up to all the displays, held his little hand out, took the candy, and dropped it in his bucket. He actually loved it and ran along the trail from stop to stop.

The hayride/game area was very chaotic with people, so we did a quick game, then opted out of the other activities. All in all, a really great event. It was very well organized, with lots of volunteers to direct you and tell you what’s going on. The displays were cute, the games were fun and the kids had lots of fun and got a bit of candy.

Jack wore his Nemo costume and was adorable. It was a nice warm up to trick or treating for him. I think we will definitely make this a Halloween tradition!

Here he is, showing off the tattoo he got at the event. And, our adorable Nemo!!



  1. We wanted to take Ember to the forest, but it was our rehearsal day and, if I remember, it was super crazy windy and cold that day. By time we left the venue, I was like, “Um, maybe next year. We can make s’mores at home!” I’m all about free or low cost kid activities. If you haven’t, you should check out Great calendar of events, most of them free. It also shows the story time schedules across the metro. Unfortunately, Ember’s ballet runs about the same time most start, but we check other various events.

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