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Halloween Carnival offers safety and lots of fun

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Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate Halloween night at Columbia Junior High School, where the Fife Police Department will be holding its annual Halloween Carnival on Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. Whether you’re a parent looking to take the wee ones out for a gentle Halloween experience or if older kids want to stop by then continue on trick-or-treating through the neighborhoods, carnival organizers say everyone is welcome. All that is required to get in is a donation of non-perishable food for the Fife Food Bank.

The carnival will have numerous games for the kids, treats and best of all, prizes. All the little ghosts and goblins will get a Halloween goodie bag to fill with candy and receive a pumpkin flashlight. Cool Cycles will be there handing out free ice cream from its motorcycle and sidecar and Kiwanis Club members will be there with their popcorn machine poppin’.

“Typically we do more prizes and try not to give out too much candy,” said Steven Van Zanten, a police specialist with the Fife Police Department and one of the carnival organizers. He said that as the carnival has grown over the years, larger venues had to be used to host the event with this being the first year at the junior high.

The community – especially parents – appreciates the safe environment the carnival offers. “A lot of times during Halloween it’s hit or miss on the weather so if it’s pouring rain it gives a safe alternative instead of being in the wet weather,” Van Zanten said. In addition, the carnival makes for a prime opportunity to show children the importance of helping the food bank.