Hamilton hosts hoopla event for Halloween

Hamilton Elementary School, Coon Rapids, buzzed with activity Friday evening.

Ezra Krueger, 3, with a golf putter at the rat trap game.

Ezra Krueger, 3, with a golf putter at the rat trap game.

The school’s third annual Halloween Hoopla event, drew both children and parents to the school.

Organized and sponsored by the PTO, the event was designed for children and parents to be involved together in a family fun evening, according to PTO member Curtis White.

That meant parents were asked to come in Halloween costumes as well as their children, said White, who came as “Batman.”

Several classrooms in the schools became locations for Halloween-themed games, he said.

In addition, there were rooms specifically set aside for toddlers and children with special needs, White said.

And the gymnasium/lunch room doubled as an eating/drinking area as well as dance floor with a DJ playing music at a high volume level complete with strobe lights.

According to Hamilton Principal Diane Merritt, who was in a Halloween costume herself, there were 65 to 70 student volunteers from various area schools, including 40 from the Coon Rapids High School National Honor Society, as well as adult volunteers.

And all the prizes for the games were donated by community businesses and organizations, Merritt said.

“We are very grateful for their support,” she said.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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