Little ghouls - and boys - brave The Park at Dark

October 21, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Doub's Woods Park in Hagerstown turned into a chamber of horrors Saturday night, as hundreds of tiny ghosts, ghouls and goblins showed up to enjoy some Halloween fun.

Marsha Moats of the Washington County Recreation Department said The Park at Dark was organized, in part, to offer a safe environment for parents and their children in grades kindergarten through five to dress up and celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.

"We just want to provide age-appropriate activities for elementary students," she said.

Participants walked through a mock graveyard, created scarecrows, listened to scary stories and were treated to haunted hayrides.

But the most coveted activity of the night seemed to be the Moon Bounce, an inflated chamber where children bounced off the walls in a carefree frenzy.

"I liked it because when I bounced and hit my neck, it really got jammed," said Justin Plummer, 8. "I'm just having fun and playing around and having a good time."


As Jill Kesteven of Hagerstown helped her daughter, Juliana, 7, stuff straw into the hollow pant leg of a slowly materializing scarecrow, she said events such as The Park at Dark provide a secure environment for children to mingle and play.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department had deputies on hand to ensure everything was safe.

"It's great for family. It's great for the kids ... just for everybody," Kesteven said.

About 225 children preregistered to participate in the event, Moats said.

Saturday marked the second year of The Park at Dark.

Costume winners

The costume contest winners at The Park at Dark Saturday at Doub's Woods Park in Hagerstown included:

Grades K-2

· Prettiest costume - Alayna Palamar

· Scariest costume - Austin Walter

· Best look-alike costume - Faith Wegner

· Most creative costume - Jaustin Itnyre

· Best of show - Connor Bowers

Grades 3-5

· Prettiest costume - Megan Campbell

· Scariest costume - Michael Snyder

· Best look-alike costume - Colin Smith

· Most creative costume - Emily Becker

· Best of show - Cara Burgan

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