Youngsters celebrate at Fall Festival at Vail Headquarters

These youngsters got a kick out of meeting and taking photos with Oogie Boogie Man and Jack Skellington during the Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 13, at Vail Headquarters. Jeff Pack photo

Hundreds of youngsters, some in costume and some not, visited a “Nightmare Before Christmas” themed Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 13, at Vail Headquarters.

Organized by Pretty Paints’ Crystal McFarlin, the proceeds raised by the festival were to be donated to Our Nicholas Foundation’s Autism and The Arts Initiative.

The event began with a special autism-community only component from 3-4 p.m. in order to provide children with autism the opportunity to enjoy the festival in a quiet and calm setting.

The free event was opened to the general public to enjoy the many games and events that the festival offered.

Children sat down and painted on canvas, tried their hand at carnival games, sat for face painting and did some trick or treating at each of the vendor booths that attended the event.

There was live music throughout the day, raffles and prizes were handed out in costume contests.

Guests took rides on the Headless Horseman Carriage Ride and learned about the Legend of Vail Hollow and watched a screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
They also had to chance to meet Oogie Boogie Man and Jack Skellington.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at