2005-10-27 / News

Island hosts weekend of howlin’ Halloween events

Island hosts weekend of howlin’ Halloween events

Winning pumpkins from the 2004 Pumpkin Spooktacular. Winning pumpkins from the 2004 Pumpkin Spooktacular. Whether you’re a kid or just a kid at heart, there’s plenty for everyone to do this weekend in celebration of Halloween.

On Friday, there’s the Monster Bash for kids at the fire station from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a teen party at the same place. Golfers will tee off at 6:15 p.m. at the Jamestown Golf Course to play a spooky evening Glowball Golf Tournament to benefit police dogs. Then there’s the “Pumpkin Spooktacular” to be held both Friday and Saturday evenings, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 1.

On Saturday, there’s an adult Halloween bash at the PAC Club from 7 p.m. until the wee hours.

On Sunday, there’s the Jack O’Lantern Jog at 1 p.m.

On Monday, kids will be trick or treating throughout the island neighborhoods.

Here’s all the details on the spooky events:

Prepare to be thrilled at the ‘Spooktacular’

The Boy Scouts of Jamestown Troop 1 will celebrate their second annual Pumpkin Spooktacular on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The event will be held at 30 Beach Ave. and is free of charge to all attendees. Donations to benefit the troop will be accepted.

So what is a ‘spooktacular’ anyway?

According to organizer Maryann Toppa, the outdoor event will take people along pathways through rows of carved and lighted pumpkins in gardens, on fences and hidden within the landscape.

Parents have made “spooky treats” to sell to visitors and there will also be a raffle.

Everyone is encouraged to submit a carved pumpkin with a candle, and Toppa said that she will be home to accept them either today or tomorrow.

Those who do submit pumpkins are free to retrieve them on Sunday morning so the pumpkins can sit on their own door steps for Halloween on Monday.

Last year, there were some 125 carved pumpkins, and Toppa said that she is hoping for even more this year.

For more information, call Maryann Carr Toppa at 423-2866.

Monster Bash for kids, teens tomorrow night

The Jamestown PTO is joining with the Teen Center to hold a Monster Bash on Friday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m.

This spooky event will be held upstairs at the fire department station house, with food, games, and a special haunted house produced by the Teen Center for children through grade 5.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume for special costume contests held every hour at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. for both children and adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Once the teens are through entertaining the youngsters, they will clean up between 7 and 8 p.m. and settle down for scary movies and popcorn shown on a giant screened TV that was recently donated to the department. They will also host a fortune teller and provide music and other activities.

“We’re really pleased to be teaming up with the Teen Center for this project,” said PTO CoPresident Dori Hirsch. “They’re showing a great deal of enthusiasm and are eager to help entertain the younger kids. And the fire department has been really generous as well, loaning us their facilities for the night. It should be a great night for everyone,” she added.

The cost for the event will be $5 per child, with a maximum charge of $10 for families with more than two children. This cost will include everything from food to games and creepy crawlies.

The PTO is still looking for volunteers to help with the activities that night and for people to donate baked goods and food. Anyone who has some leftover Halloween decorations that the PTO can borrow should call Hirsch at 423-1188.

Ghoulish fest at the PAC Club Saturday night

AHalloween costume party for adults will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. until the witching hour and beyond at the Portuguese American Citizens’ Club.

The party includes a DJ, light fare, and desserts. Tickets cost $10 each and are available at the door. Proceeds will go to local charities.

Costumes are preferred but not necessary, and prizes will be awarded for best costumes in several categories.

Call Kim Harpool at 423-3903 or Jean Volpe at 423-8947 for more information.

Jack O’Lantern Jog returns this Sunday

The 17th annual Jack O’Lantern Jog will take place this Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. from the starting line in front of the fire station. Registration begins at noon at the Community Center and the fee is $20 on the day of the race. Participants will each receive a race T-shirt and complimentary beverages.

This year’s proceeds will go to continuing improvements at the Community Center.

The 5 kilometer course goes from the fire station west to Southwest Avenue, south on Southwest Avenue to Hamilton Avenue, east on Hamilton to Highland Drive, around the loop on Highland to Walcott Avenue and finishes up in front of BankNewport on Conanicus Avenue.

Costumed runners can compete in several costume categories: fastest costume, best costume, best group (three or more), best youth costume (18 and under), hardest-to-run-in, and best Jamestown-themed costume.

Prizes will be awarded for the costumed runners and trophies will go to the top three men and women finishers in various age categories.

The race is sponsored by the Jamestown Press, Crystal Spring Water, World Trophies, Runner’s World magazine and the Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force.

Return to top