OGDEN -- Children who attended the Treehouse Museum for the first Enchanted Woods event of the season on Saturday night were led on a quest to help Beauty and the Beast find a way to turn the Beast into a prince.
The children, many of whom dressed in Halloween garb for the occasion, received guidance from Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, and a host of other fairytale denizens.
The children were guided through the Treehouse by the Princess from the Princess and the Pea, one of the Three Muskateers, and a benevolent fairy princess.
Donated Halloween trick or treating bags were provided. Tours started every 15 minutes and took approximately 40 minutes to complete.
Children met Miss Muffett, who recommended curds and whey as a cure to the Beast's problem. They also met two of the Three Little Pigs, who doled out two articles of advice before sending the children on their way with treats: "Don't use inferior building materials" and "Always take out wolf insurance."
Lynne Goodwin, executive director of the Treehouse, said the Enchanted Woods events have been going on for 21 years now. Goodwin explained why she thinks the event is so popular:
"I think it's really unusual because it's a storytelling event. You go through with a character, and you meet all these other characters, and collect their stories as well as treats. It's got that whole non-scary element, which is really fun," Goodwin said. "We just hope people will come and keep supporting it. Families make it a tradition and come every year. Every year we have different characters and this year we have some really fun ones."
In addition to the Enchanted Woods event, intended for children 4 to 10, occurring each Saturday in October, the Treehouse is also hosting an Enchanted Treehouse Event for children ages 1 to 5 on the last two Mondays of the month.
Amy Chandler, from North Ogden, was in attendance with her children and said her family has been coming to the Treehouse Museum for three years, but this was their first time coming to the Enchanted Woods event.
"I think it's really great," Chandler said. "The costumes are really fun and draw the children in. Just a great place to come for kids."
Katie Forsberg, education coordinator and the Princess behind the Princess and the Pea for the evening, said she loves playing make-believe with the children at the Enchanted Woods event.
"It's one of my favorites. I love seeing all the kids in their costumes and it's a lot of fun to see them all dressed up and go gung-ho about everything that we're doing," Forsberg said. "I love being able to play a character and being able to interact with all the kids. They love the different characters. I know they love being able to follow a storyline. It kind of gives them a purpose because they're on a quest. So it's a lot of fun that way."
Goodwin added that the Treehouse hosts a number of similar events throughout the year.
"We do a lot of storytelling events," Goodwin said. "We do a Fairytale Ball in the spring -- that's tons of fun. We do an Alice in Wonderland party, we do a Wizard of Oz party, we do lots of really cool parties."
Information about attending either the Enchanted Woods or Enchanted Treehouse events can be found on the Treehouse Museum's website at treehousemuseum.org.