The usual individuals in warm-up and exercise attire were replaced by creatures and critters of all sizes, shapes and descriptions as the Englewood Recreation Center hosted the annual Halloween …
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The usual individuals in warm-up and exercise attire were replaced by creatures and critters of all sizes, shapes and descriptions as the Englewood Recreation Center hosted the annual Halloween Carnival.
Several hundred individuals and families, the majority in costumes, attended the Oct. 20 event. The gymnasium was transformed into an array of carnival-game booths. There was a booth where the boy or girl got to shoot a tennis ball at a hockey goal and there was a booth with a bean-bag toss. But win or lose the boy or girl got a candy treat. But there were other attractions like the haunted house set up in other center rooms.
“We read about the carnival on line and decided to check it out. After all, the kids love any chance to wear their costumes,” Lakewood resident Laura Randall said. “The kids are having a great time. I admit I am surprised and impressed by all the activities. Our family is having fun and, as long as the kids want to come I expect we will come back every year.”
The line of those attending the carnival stretched out the door and once inside the recreation center crowded the gymnasium floor, the center of the carnival.
Linda Brock, 12, and her family attended the carnival for the first time. She said she liked the carnival, including the haunted house. She said it was fun but a little scary.
“I liked it," the Centennial girl said. “There were a couple of scary thing but it really was more fun for me than it was scary.”
Steve Hoffmann and his family attended the carnival for the first time.
“We heard about the carnival and thought it would be fun,” he said. “The carnival is well done and the kids are telling me they are enjoying it."
His daughters, Jaylin, Brianna and Jessica agreed the carnival was fun but had different opinions about the haunted house.
Jaylin said she didn't like the haunted house because she didn't think the people playing the parts in the house were very good actors.
“I thought it was good but scary,” she said. “I think the scariest thing was when the killer clown said come play with me.”
The Levindosky family all agreed they liked the carnival.
“My wife and I have brought the kid to the carnival for about three or four years,” Centennial resident Sean Levindosky said. “Our family likes Halloween and all of us always like to dress up for it. We wear our costumes to the carnival and it is fun seeing all the different costumes. There is always a Halloween party in our neighborhood. My wife and I like to see what costumes other families are wearing because we are always looking for ideas for our costumes for next year.”
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