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The Great Halloween Carnival of '07

Last Wednesday, On Halloween, the Circle School had a carnival that was a big hit – by tiny town standards at least. Last year we tried to do what was done in the past, mostly a haunted house designed and built by the high school students. That didn’t work for a variety of reasons, and I didn’t want to do that again. Stephanie and I started talking about this a couple of months ago, and she had the idea to have a carnival type of party with a variety of game booths set up where students or adults could play to win prizes. There was a dart throw, a hole-in-one golf putt, a football throw, a basketball throw, beanbag toss, face painting, and a cakewalk. We had a good turn out, and I think most everyone had a good time.

We had volunteers from the community there to help, but it was still a lot of work for Stephanie and me. We also had both boys running around all day, and that was a significant part of the challenge, simply keeping them out of the way and out of trouble. We had costumes for both boys (a doggie suit and a tiger suit) and for me (a pirate), but we were all so busy hosting that none of the three of us even had the chance to actually don our costumes. That was okay, though, at least for Jacob. He was terrified of his tiger costume, and when we forced him to put it on in the days leading up to Halloween, he only cried and repeated “Don’t like that,” over and over again.

The party was a success, and we nearly broke even with what we paid for games, prizes, refreshments and what we earned through ticket sales. In truth, there was no way it would have happened without Stephanie. She conceived it, planned it, called and recruited help, ordered the games and supplies, helped me set it up and decorate the night before, directed people when they arrived, made the punch, set out the food, baked for days leading up to it, and worked the whole party. Many, many thanks to Stephanie. She is a wonder.

Today is Monday and day 5 of NaBloPoMo. So far, so good. Here’s to another week of having Jacob in school. Stephanie and Tobias come back from Chicago on Saturday.

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2007 at 06:57AM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell | CommentsPost a Comment

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