Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. It’s a wonderful thing how freaky monsters, gory vampires, ghoulish skeletons, and wacko witches can get together and raise buckets of money for a good cause. Out of the depths of scary stuff comes good things for many.
For years, the Gilpin Schools Parent Teacher Association has worked hard to make their Halloween Treat Street bigger and better than the preceding years. Last Thursday night, October 26, 2017, they outdid themselves and went way over the top in decorations, silent auction donations, games, candy, a haunted house and a mob of people to enjoy the annual fundraising event.
The elementary school hallways were filled with wall to wall decorations, gravestones and tall haunts, skeletons and ghosts and carved pumpkins, monster spiders hanging from the stairway ceiling. The first gauntlet was the hallway with local groups volunteering to hand out candy, handfuls of it to each trick or treater. PTA Halloween organizers Angela Webb and Mary Perkins estimate they gave away over 800 pounds of Snickers and Reese’s, Hershey’s, Dove, Twizzlers, suckers, and just about anything containing sugar.
Angela says, “We collected about 500 pounds of food for the Gilpin County Food Bank.”
Local residents used their imagination in creating unique, colorful and sometimes frightening costumes, no holds barred. Ashton Turkaly and Lance Prewitt, dressed as Hogwarts Students, won first place and the runner up was Lizzie Westbroke.
The pumpkin carving contest was won by the Marquez family who had the pumpkin with the stem for a nose, and the runner up was Ella Lindenthaler with the “through the window” carving.
The Silent Auction had just about anything anyone could want, things that looked good, tasted good, felt good and smelled good and nobody was shy about bidding. The PTA raised $1600 in the Silent Auction. “This was definitely the biggest one yet,” says Angela.
The gymnasium carnival had not just one, but two bouncy buildings, including a Super Hero house, plus a bouncy shooting range, run by the Timberline Fire Protection District. Each group that ran a game earned $110 for their time, which was more than ever, and the Haunted House was a success. Local dance instructor, Miss LA, organized the “Thriller” flash mob; a last-minute addition this year.
“We are so appreciative of our community; we had so many local businesses give to our auction that we had to double the number of tables we usually use, and we had a good turnout of volunteer decorators.” says Angela.
The PTA is already beginning to plan next year’s event, which will have a long way to go to best this year’s outstanding Halloween Trick or Treat, Silent Auction, Carnival, Haunted House party.
(Originally published in the November 2, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)