NEWS | Oct. 28, 2008

Halloween 'Hi-Jinx' at youth center a safe alternative to trick-or-treating

By Sean Bowlin Staff writer

Lots of games, contests and prizes are in store for Team Randolph children participating in the Halloween Hi-Jinx - a spooky, yet safe alternative to trick-or-treating.
And the best part is there will be plenty of candy to go around. 

"It will be lots of fun," said Jeri Peterson, 12th Services Division youth director. "Nobody should go home empty-handed." 

The Hi-Jinx happen from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the youth center, Bldg. 585. Children ages 18 months and up are welcome to attend this free event, added Delia Castillo, 12th Services Division recreational assistant. 

There will be a costume contest, 15 tables with different games or activities, a display of carved pumpkins, a cupcake design contest, a haunted house and a raffle. 

There are five age-group categories in which prizes will be awarded during the costume contest. They are: 18 months to two years old, three to five years old, six to nine years old, 10 to 12 years old and 13 to 18 years old. For the best costume in each age group, the winner gets a ribbon and a $5 Gift card. Second and third-place winners for each age category will get ribbons and tote bags with candies and toys in them. 

Several games - like the spider ring toss, the Jack-o-Lantern bean bag toss, a Halloween bean bag toss, a Josh O' Lantern ring toss, a ghost dartboard, and a haunted house bean bag toss and mad scientist bean bag toss and Halloween toss - offer up candy for prizes. 

Some of the other goings-on at the activity and game tables include a coloring area, with crayons provided; an arts and crafts table, where participants will make foam stickers with Halloween themes; a "draw your own pumpkin" area where aspiring artists will create their versions of Jack-o-Lanterns; and a fake tattoo table. 

For those interested, teams will form and use rolls of toilet paper to perform a "Mummy Wrap Relay." 

For the best carved pumpkins in the "Jack-o-Lantern Contest", the first prize will be a ribbon and a $5 gift card. Second and third prizes will be ribbons and goodie bags with travel-sized games, like Tic-Tac-Toe, etc. 

In the "Creepy-Crawly" cupcake design contest, 125 cupcakes will be provided in the café for youths to decorate them. Decorative materials, including candies that youths can place on the cupcakes, will also be provided. 

There will also be a dance area near to the activity tables. It will feature the playing of spooky songs for participants taking a break from games and contests. 

Finally, there will be a "Fear Factor" room in which participants can put their arms into boxes filled with creepy, crawly, squishy items. 

For more information, call the youth center at 652-2088.