The school’s annual Halloween carnival featured dozens of games stationed in or just outside the classrooms, so kids could easily travel from station to station without getting wet.
“It’s raining but I don’t care,” said third-grader Riley Pelletier. “There are so many fun things to do that I don’t even think about the rain. I just want to be with my friends and play games.”
BOOville featured everything from a haunted house to a spooky story time. The event’s games included duck races and bean bag tosses, but one of the favorite attractions was the pumpkin launcher sponsored by the Boy Scouts. Using specially made air guns, guests got a chance to launch plush pumpkins at moving targets or at a ghost or haunted house. Kids couldn’t resist the exhilarating sensation of pulling the trigger and watching the pumpkins fly, but the hairspray station was also a hit. Parent volunteer Mackenzie Mas offered makeovers in the form of Halloween hairspray in lurid colors, which enhanced the kids’ costumes.
“The kids love the idea of having a different hair color and the parents love it because it washes right out,” said Mas. “The kids seem to be having a great time. The weather doesn’t seem to faze them at all.”
Discovery Bay Elementary Parent Teacher Association Vice President Kimberly Schenck said Saturday’s BOOville was the first to be wet and wild, but everyone who stopped by had a good time at the school fundraiser.
“I think the kids always enjoy the classroom games the best,” Schenck said. “I always like the little girls dressed as princesses who think that they have to tell you who they are. Like one little girl, clearly in a Snow White dress, came up to me and said, ‘I am Snow White,’ and I told her how pretty she was. Her reply was ‘I know!’ Kids make me laugh. That’s why I enjoy being around them – laughter is good for everyone.”
Schenck said the PTA is still tallying the funds collected during the event, but thinks the event was a success although some people stayed away because of the rain and the airing of the San Francisco Giants playoff game.