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Second Annual Halloween Town comes to the Valley, Oct. 23


Benefiting the Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy



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The Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy will host Halloween Town at Camp Tohkomeupog in Madison on Saturday, Oct. 23. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
October 21, 2010
Tohkomeupog has 25 rustic cabins that will be transformed to create the Trick-or-Treat Trail beginning at 5 p.m. The cabins are being designed with all age groups in mind. The first four cabins, developed for the youngest trick-or-treaters, will be named the "Halloweenie Walk." They'll be decorated with a theme of fun, rather than fright. The trail's cabins will become progressively scarier, and the final four will be known as the "Scarea." To help navigate, visitors will be given a Trick-or-Treat Trail Map.

Although the Trick-or-Treat Trail does not open until 5 p.m., the overall festivities start at bit earlier, at 2 p.m., with a kid carnival for children four and up, face painting, and an array of games, some with prizes. New this year will be a petting farm, a bouncy house, and if conditions allow, Remax will provide tethered balloon rides. These rides will require signed parental permission.

At Halloween Town, there will be a food court, opening with the carnival at 2 p.m., with items such as fried onions, burgers, dogs, fried dough, popcorn, apple crisp, and other fair-type treats to purchase. Both the carnival and trick-or-treating are free of charge; however, things such as the food court and tethered balloon rides will require a fee. At the event, there may also be souvenirs for sale.

Adding to the festivities are some rumored visitors. The Ghost Busters of New Hampshire have mentioned making an appearance. There have also been hints that there may be a Headless Horseman riding through the eventů

The inaugural 2009 Halloween Town drew about 300 people, and this was despite heavy rain. This year, attendance is expected to be much greater, and approximately 200 volunteers will be on hand creating a memorable experience for the hundreds of visitors. Volunteers consist of former Tohkomeupog campers, employees of Purity Spring Resort and King Pine; others are friends and family of the late Laura Mahoney.

According to Steve Harding, vice president of the Laura Foundation, "Last year's event was a success because of the volunteers, and this year we have nearly double the help. Aside from them being drawn to a unique and festive event, many of these volunteers are here because they feel a 'connection' to the Laura Foundation." He also says that beyond volunteers, many local businesses and organizations have been instrumental in assisting with materials, props, food, and funds. With their support, "We are able to invite kids to Halloween Town without charging any admission fee."

Some details that the organizers would like to stress are that the event will take place rain or shine, and participants should dress accordingly, with sturdy footwear recommended. Costumes are not required, but they're certainly appropriate. Parking will be at King Pine Ski Area, and participants will then take a shuttle up the hill to Halloween Town.

All proceeds from sales will benefit the Laura Foundation, a local non-profit providing funding to develop and support therapeutic recreation and educational programs that enrich the quality of lives of individuals with autism and/or seizure disorders.

For more information pertaining to the event or the Laura Foundation, visit www.thelaurafoundation.org or call Steve Harding at Halloween Town Headquarters at 367-4010.

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