Sunday, September 27, 2020

Ghouls and Goodies

Above, two cuties took a quick break to enjoy the yummy sugar cookies they had just decorated.

Above, two cuties took a quick break to enjoy the yummy sugar cookies they had just decorated.

By Melinda Gray
melinda@coastalbreezenews.com

Family fun was the order of the day on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Marco Island YMCA, where this year’s Bootacular Night Halloween Bash drew children of all ages from Marco Island and surrounding communities to celebrate and play.

The YMCA gymnasium was alive with children’s laughter and gleeful chatter, while familiar Halloween tunes — courtesy of DJ Steve Reynolds — brought entire families out onto the dance floor to do the

Princesses, fairies and pirates packed the dance floor to do the YMCA dance. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

Princesses, fairies and pirates packed the dance floor to do the YMCA dance. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

Monster Mash and the Hokey Pokey.

A mini carnival atmosphere was created with stations set up around the room featuring activities like coloring pages; bean bag and ring toss games; a cookie decorating table; and even a bounce house. This time of year, many local activities target teenagers and adults with spooky fun, but this event caters specifically to younger children.

“I wanted to start something that was geared more toward the younger kids, where

Each child was able to create their own festive sugar cookie. Choices like orange icing, colorful sprinkles and a variety of candy ensured that no two cookies were alike.

Each child was able to create their own festive sugar cookie. Choices like orange icing, colorful sprinkles and a variety of candy ensured that no two cookies were alike.

they could come and have fun; something that isn’t scary,” said Stephanie Pepper, youth development manager at the Marco Island YMCA. “The games are all for pre-school age children, and it’s a place where parents can meet and greet each other as well.”

Pepper said that the all-volunteer-run Bootacular Night saw a turnout of well over 120 people on Friday, making this one of their most successful years since the event’s inception, roughly eight years ago.

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