First Annual Fun for Furry Friends Includes Costume Contests, Pet-Friendly Rides and FREE Admission for pets





 LAS VEGAS – On the tails of its annual Santa Paws at the Magical Forest, a holiday happening for pets, owners and animal lovers alike, Opportunity Village introduces its first-ever Pumpkin Paws at HallOVeen in 2017. Faithful friends with paws, claws, wings or webs are invited to delight in the spookified Magical Forest alongside their humans on Sunday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the not-for-profit’s 6300 West Oakey Campus.




Pumpkin Paws aims to scare up fun for even the furriest members of the family, with pet vendors throughout the Magical Forest, purr-fectly spooky photo opportunities, a pet costume contest and pet-friendly rides, including the long-standing holiday attraction’s beloved Forest Express Passenger Train and Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel.




“As if cats, dogs, frogs and more riding the Forest Express at Christmastime wasn’t cute enough, imagine how great it’ll be when they’re costumed in their Halloween best,” said Bob Brown, President and CEO of Opportunity Village. “We want every member of the family to experience the excitement of HallOVeen, just as we do during the Magical Forest. Now, with Pumpkin Paws joining the event lineup, that includes the four-legged ones for our slightly spooky season, too!”




Pets ride for free and receive free park admission. Admission is just $5 for human companions and may be purchased at the gate, with ride tickets available for additional fee. Every penny of the proceeds from Opportunity Village’s signature fundraising events, including Pumpkin Paws at HallOVeen, help support programs and services for adults with intellectual disabilities in Southern Nevada.




About Opportunity Village


Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.


Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.


Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.


Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016.  They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.


Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $37 million annually.