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October 18 - 31, 2014

Halloween Spooktacular returns for 33rd year BY MEGHAN MCCOY

The City of Chandler is offering a safe alternative to trick-or-treating with the 33rd annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Downtown Library Plaza, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. More than 1,200 are expected to converge on the plaza, which will also host a costume contest, according to City of Chandler Recreation Coordinator for Special Events Stephanie Feldaverd. The contest will be split into different age categories—0 to 4-yearsold, 5 to 7 years old, 8 to 10 years old and 11 and older. There is also a category for the best overall family costumes. “Last year we had a group come out as ‘Hook,’” she says of the different characters from the movie “Hook.” A first- and second-place prize will be given to the best boy and girl costumes for 0 to 4 years old; best superhero, cartoon character, best princess and scariest costumes in age groups 5 to 7 and 8 to 10. The best overall costume will be given for participants 11 years old and older. The evening will be filled with different events, which are free or available for a nominal charge. For haunted house fans, there will be an attraction organized and designed

KIDS ACTIVITIES: A young boy has his face painted during last year’s Halloween Spooktacular. Submitted photo

PUMPKIN CRAZE: Last year, costumed children painted pumpkins they picked from the pumpkin patch during the annual Halloween Spooktacular. Submitted photo

by Teens Actively Serving Chandler. Five City departments will provide trunk-or-treat for the youngsters. A souvenir photo opportunity and frame to capture this year’s memories will be offered for $3. Face painting will be $1. Feldaverd says the money raised will go to the Mayor’s Youth Commission. A pumpkin patch with 250 pumpkins will be part of this year’s Halloween Spooktacular, with families allowed one pumpkin. Kids will have the opportunity to paint their pumpkins and leave them to dry before heading home. An array of eight carnival games will

fill the plaza, as well as an assortment of other interactive games and arts and crafts. A new game offered this year is the Witch’s Broom Race. Feldaverd says participants will use a broom to push a pumpkin down a designated path around a witch’s broom and back to the starting line. She says only five participants will compete at one time in different age groups. “The winner will receive candy,” she says. A cupcake walk and pumpkin bowling are other games the youngsters

can participate in this year. Participants will receive a Halloween cupcake when they end up on a certain number when the music stops. The Chandler Lions Club will have refreshments, drinks and snacks for sale at the event. For more information, call the Chandler Special Events Hotline at (480) 782-2735 or visit www.chandleraz. gov/default.aspx?pageid=605. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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