Monster Mash celebrates its 13th Halloween in Yorkton

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 Monster Mash celebrates its
  13th Halloween in Yorkton
By JAMIE KREISER               where they are doing           into and a bunch of tomb-
N-R Writer                     something fun.”                stones that we set up for
                                  She adds, “And while        a graveyard scene.”
   It is sure to be a grave-   we can’t be responsible          Sometimes the hosts
yard smash as Yorkton’s        for what they do after         even try to set up a
Monster Mash cele-             they     leave    Monster      theme for the Haunted
brates, appropriately its      Mash, at least for those       House. Previous years
13th year of entertaining      couple of hours, we know       have featured a dinner
young witches and gob-         they are being produc-         party that has gone terri-
lins.                          tive.”                         bly wrong.
   (Cue The Twilight Zone         And best of all there is      But in order to do this,
theme music).                  still plenty of candy. But     they depend on a lot of
   The      “spooktacular”     believe it or not, the         volunteers, says Moeller.
Halloween party for chil-      candy often plays second         In order to pull off
dren, youth and families       fiddle to the other enter-     another Monster Mash,
from Yorkton and area          tainment that’s offered.       Moeller says they need
takes place October 31            Children can partici-       30 more volunteers who
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at      pate in a variety of carni-    have two or more hours
the Agripavillion (behind      val games. There’s even        to give between the time
the Gallagher Centre).         separate sections for          frame of 5:30 p.m. until
   The event is hosted by      youth and one for the          8:15 p.m. on Halloween
the Boys & Girls Club of       smaller toddlers. There’s      night.
Yorkton, City of Yorkton       also face painting, bal-         Duties include running
Leisure Services, Yorkton      loon animals, bouncers         any of the Monster Mash
Co-op Food Centre Kids         and door prizes.               activities. People can vol-
Club, Yorkton in Motion           “This is the second         unteer as individuals or
and Zone 4 Sports              year we’ve had the tots        in pairs or groups.
Council.                       area,” comments Moeller.         Moeller      emphasizes
   Over 700 participants       “It was popular last year      the volunteerism can be
are expected at the free       so we decided we are           put towards school hours
festivities.                   going to stick with it. It     and looks great on a
   Lorraine Moeller, exec-     has games that are suit-       resume.
utive director with the        ed to them and bouncers          The Gloria Hayden
Boys & Girls Club of           that are their size so they    Community Center is
Yorkton, explains the          aren’t getting trampled        also still accepting candy
event was initially start-     by the older kids.”            donations       for     the
ed because it was felt            And what Halloween          Monster Mash. Anyone
there was a need for a         would be complete with-        who donates will receive
safe, warm and welcom-         out a Haunted House?           a poster to put in their
ing indoor Halloween              “Each year we try and       windows that alerts trick
alternative.                   come up with something         or treaters they have
   “Our winters can be so      different,”        reveals     given their goodies to the
harsh here,” she says fur-     Moeller. “People dress up      Monster      Mash,     and
ther. “And they come ear-      and play the different         details where the event is
lier and earlier it seems      characters. We have a          taking place.
all the time. This is a        wooden coffin so someone         For more information
place for kids to be warm      always dresses up like a       on the event and/or to
and not cause any trou-        vampire. And we have           volunteer           contact
ble. They can be in a con-     one of those stocks that       Lorraine or Erin at 783-
structive environment          your head and hands go         2582.

Keeping kids warm this winter
By JAMIE KREISER                               no milk or not being able to afford
N-R Writer                                     power or water. By limiting each family
                                               to two articles we can help as many
   Anyone who is a parent knows chil-          families as we can, instead of one fami-
dren seldom have a chance to outwear           ly picking up seven snowsuits and then
their clothes before they outgrown             another family doesn’t have any.”
them.                                            All sizes of coats are needed, says
   This year marks the 23rd annual             Schmidt, even larger, adult-sized coats
Coats for Kids drive. Due to the com-          which may fit teenagers and/or bigger
munity’s overwhelming support, over            children.
35,000 coats for children have been col-         Schmidt says she is appreciative of
lected over the years, and given to fam-       the donation made by TD Canada Trust
ilies of circumstance.                         to the campaign. For the second year in
   “I would like to say it is the best recy-   a row, the bank has made a financial
cling project in the community,” offers        contribution (this year it was $1,500)
Deb Schmidt.                                   allowing them to purchase extra coats
   This year, community residents have         in sizes they are lacking.
the option of four collection depots to          She is also grateful to the seniors in
drop off laundered, children’s coats:          the community who have embraced
Magic Mirrors, TD Canada Trust, City           Coats for Kids and found unique ways
Hall and Key Chevrolet Oldsmobile.             to contribute.
   The coats will be taken to SIGN on            “They may not have kids coats, but
Broadway where two snowsuits per               they either buy a kids snow suit and
family will be distributed on November         drop it off in a bag or they’ll knit toques
4.                                             and mitts,” she remarks.
   “To outfit a child in a snowsuit can be       People wanting more information,
upwards of $85 and if you have four or         who want to volunteer for distributing
five kids, something has to give,” com-        the coats or who want to schedule a
ments Schmidt.                                 time to pick up coats for their family are
   “Buying a snowsuit can mean having          asked to phone Deb at 783-0720.

   The spooky yards of Yorkton
 Con’t from Page 6A.             The two get some help        with yuletide lights, fes-
                               from neighbors who often       tive windows and the dec-
   The couple has been         donate pieces for the dis-     orations carry into their
decorating their lawn for      play and from Bob and          backyard where there is a
three or four years, adding    Peggy Halliday who con-        gazebo.
more each time.                tribute the bales and             “I never really had the
   “This year I got carried    many of the pumpkins.          chance to do this when I
away with the lights,”           But Halloween isn’t the      was working and now that
admits Phil with a chuck-      only holiday the two deco-     I’m retired it gives me
le. “Every year we put up      rate for. At Christmas         something to do,” reveals
more.”                         time, their home is aglow      Phil. “And I enjoy it.”

                               Total Yard Service
                  We’ll Cut, Trim, Whip and Edge your Lawn as Required.
                       • Trim Hedges & Trees • Clean Eavestroughs.
                                   – Going on Holidays?
                     “LET US LOOK AFTER YOUR YARD!”
    Stan Krochak & Son 782-2523

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