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All treats and no tricks at Sanbornton Rec's Halloween party

A team of volunteers from both Winnisquam Regional High School and Middle School were once again vital components in making the Sanbornton Recreation Departmentís annual Halloween Party such a big hit with little goblins, witches, fairies and other characters last weekend. (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
November 02, 2011
SANBORNTON — Walking past spooky spiders and other ghoulish creatures who took over the Sanbornton Central School last weekend was a fun scare for the boys and girls who headed into the darkened gymnasium to have some spooky fun during the annual Halloween party last Saturday afternoon.

The event is sponsored each year by the Sanbornton Recreation Department, and many parents noted that besides being a wonderful family outing, it's also a great way to "test drive" their children's costumes before Halloween night.

Teens from Winnisquam Regional High School and Middle School got in on the fun by dressing up also, and manning booths for games of chance, Halloween crafts, snacks, and they even assisted in the decorating and clean up process.

"It was really nice to have a group from the Middle School step up and ask if they could help this year. I was very grateful," said Recreation Coordinator Julie Lonergan.

Two-year-old Gilly liked all of the many games where he could "throw stuff," such as the Pumpkin Face Toss, while others headed right to the craft tables. Besides decorating cookies, boys and girls could also make a bat from small gourds, which were painted black. Helpers assisted them in adding wings and other accents to turn the seasonal vegetables into holiday bats and the children were able to take the decorations home to share with their families.

Inside a mystical booth, faces were transformed with a wide array of professionally painted designs, and doughnuts dangling from string made for an entertaining way to have a snack. Popcorn and other treats, including a healthy goodie bag from the New Hampshire Dental Society, left everyone smiling as they headed for home.

Lonergan said while hours of work go into the party every year, it is always fun and rewarding for her and the many volunteers. She was grateful for all who made donations of food, decorations and their time to make the event another success this year.

"I'm just so thankful for a community which supports family-oriented activities like this. It's really special," said Lonergan.

Salmon Press
Martin Lord Osman
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