Last Updated on September 20, 2019 by Michael Brockbank
It’s that time of year, again. The Geeks of Grandeur are hosting another Hallow-Baloo in 2019! And I’m sure it’ll be just as fun as last year’s event, where I won 12 months’ worth of coffee at a silent auction.
My only problem is that I don’t know what to be for Halloween this year. I’m sure I’ll come up with something, though.
What is Hallow-Baloo?
Hallow-Baloo is an event hosted by Geeks of Grandeur. It’s a charity fundraiser centered around Halloween, costumes, gaming and having all-out fun. Proceeds go to help hospitalized children in a variety of ways.
This includes the mobile gaming carts that GoG creates and provides.
And for those who don’t know me, any charity benefiting sick kids in Colorado is of high priority. Which is why Colorado Plays donates a huge chunk of its income to things like Hallow-Baloo and Extra Life.
Before you ask, yes, there were “treats” at most of the tables. That’s how I got hooked on Snickers Peanut Butter Squares.
I only wish GoG would do other events throughout the year. For instance, a Christmas party where attendees could bring presents for sick kids…much like the Toys for Tots event.
But I can see how two fundraising events so close together might skew attendance, especially during the Holidays. However, it’s something I would attend.
Who are Geeks of Grandeur?
Geeks of Grandeur is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that benefits sick kids. By entertaining children, it reduces the stress the little-ones experience while bed-ridden in a hospital.
And there are plenty of studies to show how less stress improves recovery of just about any illness.
Besides, if you were a kid, wouldn’t you rather do something other than watch daytime television in a hospital? Joking aside, Geeks of Grandeur does a lot to engage little minds and fill them with hope and healing.
It’s charities like this that promote hope in myself that the world isn’t as bad as I think sometimes. With funding cut from certain programs, charities like Geeks of Grandeur are needed now more than ever.
When is the Party?
This year, Hallow-Baloo is held on October 26 between 7 and 11 pm and Schomp MINI in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
It was held at the same location last year. It’s a nice place with both an indoor and outdoor area. While it felt a little weird walking through a car dealership to get to a Halloween party, the experience was definitely worth the trip.
Last time, we rented a hotel room across the freeway from the event. This year, though, we might have to Uber. Thanks to the issues of the website, Colorado Plays really didn’t pull in a lot of income recently.
But, I’ll still have a bit of personal cash for the event.
How did Hallow-Baloo Go Last Year?
Last year, there were all kinds of fun things to do depending on the type of person you are. You could dance on the floor, play a few games, hang out with other patrons or sit at the open bar.
And although there were around 40 people or so, it was still an incredible experience. I’m sure that last years’ numbers were mostly because it was the first annual event. And organizations rarely see a massive draw in the first-ever anything.
We had so much fun just talking with others who were in attendance, not to mention the open bar. I’m not much of a dancer, so don’t count on me bustin’ a move on the floor.
One of the things that stood out for me, though, was the silent auction table. And as I mentioned above, I won a years’ worth of coffee at Pablo in Denver.
Though, someone did beat me out on the cool yoga mat and free classes. This year, however, I will be bringing back some more cool stuff…even if I have to use PayPal credit to do so.
I don’t know about other attendees, but I knew Hallow-Baloo was something I wanted to do every year. In fact, the next day we were hoping to go in 2019.
Last year, I went as the Sole Survivor from Fallout 4. Not sure what I’m going to do this Hallow-Baloo, though. I’m still trying to lose the last of my weight and would love to go as Captain America.
Why Should You Go to Hallow-Baloo?
The charity itself is reason enough to go, even if just to buy a ticket and attend. Between the conversations with others, the open bar and the gaming, you would have a good time without spending anything extra.
Not only is Schomp MINI’s locale beautiful, but there is also a lot of benefits to attending the party. Some of the details include:
- The open bar and outdoor patio, which is a great place to sit and relax or to cool down after dancing.
- Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 64 gameplay, which last year had a fun tournament for attendees playing games.
- A complimentary valet, because you wouldn’t want to drive around a car dealership looking for a place to park.
- The silent auction where you can bid on a wide variety of things from local artisans and businesses.
Of course, this party is for adults only. This means you’ll need to bring your ID as it’s checked at the door.
So if you’re in the South Denver/Highlands Ranch area the weekend of the 26th in October and want a good time, definitely meet up with me at Schomp MINI. I’m 99% sure you’ll have a good time…especially if you’re into gaming and helping children.
And bring your cash if you want to beat me out on some of the things at the silent auction! I don’t like to lose. 😉
I’ll Be There…Just Don’t Know as What
After getting to meet Carleen and Kenny of Geeks of Grandeur, I knew the organization would be something I’ll continue to support anyway I can. Be sure to check out the GoG Facebook page for more information.
And although I’ve had a very rough year, what with missing images from the website, being incredibly busy with clients and trying to get organized, Hallow-Baloo is something I need right now.
So, here is to another awesome Halloween party, and I hope to see you there!
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