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Halloween Carnival 2013: Record-Setting Fun!

Halloween Carnival 2013: Record-Setting Fun!

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Last Thursday’s Halloween Carnival was kind of a big deal.

Like last year, this year’s Halloween Carnival/October Family Fun Night was a part of the national Lights on Afterschool Campaign by the Afterschool Alliance. Not only did we have swarms of superheroes, fairies, firemen, and princesses (as well as a fair number of dinosaurs and witches), and a healthy pack of enthusiastic volunteers, but we also offered a plethora of games (invented by our very own Neighborhood House school age kids), a Spook Alley for the younger visitors, a winner for our Petey the Pumpkin contest, and more candy than we thought we could give away! (Rest assured: we managed.) And all of this together amounted to the biggest, most attended event in three years! Over 400 attendees, more than half of whom were kids, plus 138 volunteers, not to mention our own hardworking staff. Best of all, we have it on good authority that fun was had by all.

Did you miss out? Not to worry — we’ve got a recap for you right here.

The Games

It’s hard to say whether or not there was a company favorite. Between cake walks, pumpkin bowling, Jack Skellington’s laboratory, and more, all that can really be said is how hard our kids and staff worked to make this year’s carnival extra fun. We wanted to make sure attendees had no time to sit and wonder where to go next. New activities were coming from every direction. Fun for all ages!

Petey the Pumpkin 

We were also able to announce the winner of the Petey the Pumpkin contest that had been going on all month. A gift from Real Food Rising for letting them borrow our pumpkin patch, Petey came to us so huge, we had to wheel him into the lobby in a wheelbarrow. From there, we set him up with his own table, where students off all ages (from 4 to 119 years old!) were able to guess his weight. Fortunately, Petey isn’t too sensitive about that kind of thing. Guesses ranged from 5 pounds all the way up to 1000! One guess simply read, “Mucho,” and while this was technically correct, when it came time to weigh Petey, he clocked in at 51.5 pounds! There were lots of close guesses, but the closest was by eight-year-old Anjelika Nuttall, who guessed 52 pounds. Congrats, Anjelika! We can’t wait to see what you do with Petey this Halloween!

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Photo Booth and Spook Alley

While the Spook Alley was a returning favorite for the Halloween Carnival (and this year was no exception, thanks to our Greek volunteers down from the U of U), the photo booth was a new and resounding touch. Hundreds of children and families visited throughout the night, and a pile of props were at the ready for anyone who came uncostumed…or simply not costumed enough. We saw firefighting pumpkins, dinosaur chefs, and stylish witches. Check out our Facebook to see the full assortment of costumes!

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We want to take a minute to thank everyone who came out to our Family Fun Night and helped us set such an exciting record. We just couldn’t have done it without the help of our volunteers, the dedication of our staff, and especially our many and amazing guests. We hope to see you all again next year. Happy Halloween!

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