Trick or Treat! It’s the Halloween Carnival at Gilpin County School

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Goodies and games to please all the boys and ghouls

By Patty Unruh

It was a “frightfully” good time at the annual carnival and Trick or Treat Street October 25 at Gilpin County School. An alien from outer space would have felt right at home among the witches, cats, dinosaurs, fairies, clowns, monsters, and giant tacos and bananas that were haunting the halls and gym that night. The “Incredibles” superhero family even put in an appearance.

The PTA put on the carnival, which was well attended and enjoyed by children, parents, school staff, and community members. Admission was a canned food item. Mary Perkins, PTA president, said ten large boxes totaling about a thousand pounds full of canned food items were collected for donation to the Gilpin Food Bank.

Community volunteers included the Lady Elks, Timberline Fire Protection District, Central City Police Department, Central City Fire Department, Black Hawk Fire Department, Gilpin Ambulance Authority, Taggerts, Kat Kroll, and “Otto, Rachel, Sloan, Cindy, and Miss Terry.”

Trick-or-Treaters were greeted at the school entrance by a lighted pumpkin. They made their way down the usually familiar hallway that was now darkened and hung with webbing and ghostly backdrops of skulls, skeletons, owls, bats, and mummies. The prospect of a candy overdose was strong enough to overcome the warning signs that said, “Beware! Turn back now! ‘Prey’ it stops here!”

Folks were encouraged to bring the family for dinner. Perkins advised that they did well on concessions and had a much bigger menu this year, including baked chicken legs, BBQ pulled pork sandwich, cheese pizza, chili dogs, and more. Food was donated by Manley’s BBQ, Dostal Alley, King Soopers and Wal-Mart in Bergen Park, Trail Head Electric Inc., the Isle of Capri, and U.S. Foods. For dessert, young revelers could purchase yummy items at the bake sale.

Once the party-goers had feasted, they could take in the silent auction. Thirty businesses and individuals donated a total of 41 items. The PTA made $1,032 auctioning the items, which were displayed on tables with sign-up sheets that told what the item was, who donated it, and its value. The wide variety of items included a portable hammock, one cord of firewood, a night at the Isle of Capri, a family four-pack of admissions to the Denver Zoo, a pair of stone goblets, a signed photo of Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche, a gift certificate for one dog grooming at Sandy’s Bath House, a size 4T Harley-Davidson leather jacket, two pit passes for “Thunder on the Mountain” at Bandimere Speedway, and much more.

The gym was the place to mingle and mangle in a giant monster mash. Tickets for games were just four for a dollar. Youngsters could choose from a duck pond, haunted house, bouncy castle, Old West target shoot, cake walk, bean bag toss, bank shot, and many more activities. High school and middle school students helped run booths. The Interact Club would even put kids in “jail” to do time for a few minutes.

Not truly scary, but a fun, safe, and supervised time for all.

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