Area children from birth to age 12 - and their parents - are invited to the Hannibal Police Department’s 32nd annual children’s Halloween party at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
Area children from birth to age 12 - and their parents - are invited to the Hannibal Police Department’s 32nd annual children’s Halloween party at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. The party will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
“Candy and prizes are the main attractions,” said Cpl. Jonathan Borgmeyer, the HPD’s new DARE officer, who is coordinating the party. He expects between 700 and 800 children to attend, because “that is how many kids we have had” in past years.
Although the party will begin at 5:30 p.m., registration for the costume contest will start at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m., when the judging will begin.
The four age divisions of the costume contest are 0 to 3 years old, 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. First- and second-place winners will receive prizes.
A parents’ costume contest also is planned.
Three children will take home new bicycles, after winning the costume contest in the oldest age divisions, while three second-place winners will receive scooters. All will also receive helmets.
Winner of the youngest division will take home a tricycle, with the second place prize being a jungle gym.
A large Haunted House is expected to be the biggest attraction for the older group. The haunted house “has been revamped inside,” Borgmeyer said. “We have purchased several new items.”
A movie screen is next to the popcorn stand, so viewers of the Disney movie, “Hocus Pocus,” may eat popcorn.
The children’s free food will include hot dogs and sodas, served at tables in a separate area.
The youngest children - from birth through second grade - are not being neglected, according to Borgmeyer. Their special area includes a hay bale maze. “In the past it had a cover, and we took the cover off and made the walls higher so parents can watch where their kids are.” Parents also are welcome to go through the maze with them, he added.
They also have a special tent. “It is an area designed for little kids,” Borgmeyer said.
A photo area is ready, where for $1, a picture will be taken and printed to take home from the party.
Game booths along one side of the center are being prepared for children of all ages, with prizes of candy and other gifts ready to be distributed. These games will be manned by teens and young adults from clubs at Hannibal High School, including the National Honor Society and Key Club, along with students in the early childhood classes at the Hannibal Career and Technical Center. Nursing students from Hannibal-LaGrange University also plan to help at the party, Borgmeyer said.
As the HPD officers are joined by community volunteers to prepare the Admiral Coontz center for the annual party, Borgmeyer said Monday that “as any given time we will have 15 to 20 people working on preparations.”
And after the party is over, “a community group will come and help us tear down.”