THE MONSTER MASH
Submitted by; Ruth Ann Mueller
On Friday evening, October 16, 2009, the entire Palmyra
Elementary School, located at 701 West Maple Street, was
alive with students from the four-year-old kindergarten
through sixth grade along with students from the Eagle
Elementary School, who joined the event for the first time.
They were all decked out in an array of costumes from fairy
princesses with sparkles in their hair, colorful clowns, scary
skeletons, to a frightening looking mummy wrapped up from
head to toe in strips of white cloth. No two costumes were
Every nook and cranny of the building was decorated
with Halloween décor and lively music, which could be
heard throughout the school for the entire evening.
Activities at the event included; Eyeball Hunt, Haunted House, Haunted
House Bean Bag Toss, hayrides, Plinko, Tombstone Toss, bobbing for
apples, Guitar Hero, mummy wrapping, the Spider Ring Toss, Ping Pong,
the Bounce House, Rock Band and Karaoke, along with face painting. At 7
P.M. a costume contest took place in the gym and selected several winners.
The winners in the K-5 and under category were: Natashia Footlan dressed
as a disco girl and John Zimmerman was dressed as R2D2. Grades 1-3
winners were Morgan Landess in her cupcake costume and Jarrod Kau in
his eyeball costume. Grades 4-6 winners were Antonia Bartolotta in her
Birthday Cake costume, and Jarrett Giese who was dressed as a dancer.
Refreshments included hot dogs, chips, Rocky Rococo Pizza, cupcakes,
soda, water, hot chocolate, and nacho chips with cheese were offered
throughout the event.
This annual event is planned, paid for and hosted by the Palmyra Home
and School organization. There were about sixty volunteers including
school staff, parents, one retired teacher and a couple of students who are
now in Middle School. The volunteers did all the decorating, handled the concessions, selling of tickets, and
the running of the games.
This festive and fun filled evening was coordinated by parent
Carol Krueger along with assistance from the Home School Board
members-Co-Presidents Tracey Novak and Wendy Lucht, Vice-
President Vicky Brain, Treasurer Crystal Grainger and Co-
Secretaries Polly Mueller and Beth Kutka who took charge of
picking up supplies, publicity and all other details of this very
successful event. Tom Burlingham donated his haywagon and
Tom Novak drove the tractor for the event’s hayrides, where some
people came back to ride again and again.
Principle Steve Greenquist stated that this was the best-attended
Monster Mash event they have ever sponsored.