PLANT CITY – Kids played games, won candy, and participated in contests at the annual Halloween Spooktacular hosted by the Plant City Parks and Recreations department Oct. 26.
Held at the Planteen Recreation Center, the event included a variety of Halloween themed entertainments such as a scare room, festival games, and a movie room featuring “Hotel Transylvania.” Kids competed in a limbo and costume contest with the evening ending in a cake walk. Baked items for the cake walk were provided by the ladies Bible study class, which meets at the Planteen.
Recreation Supervisor for the Parks and Recreations department Jason Hargrove credited volunteers from the Plant City High School Key Club and sponsors.
“We couldn’t do this without them,” he said. “They helped me out tremendously and I can’t thank them enough.”
Sponsors for the Halloween party included local businesses such as Dinosaur World, Rotary International and Outback Steakhouse. Hargrove explained that it takes a week to set up the decorations and design the scare room, along with updating games and contests such as the limbo, which was new this year.
“I try to keep it changed up a bit here and there,” he said, adding that the hard work and planning pays off with the success of each event. “It’s nothing compared to seeing everyone have a good time.”
The results for the limbo contest were a tie for first place going to Caiden Devaisher and Brody Holloway. The costume contest was divided into three divisions: Brody Holloway won in the 3-5 year old division for his ninja costume, Keelie Rose O’Hara won in the 6-8 year old division for her costume as the Morton Salt girl, and Makenzie O’Hara won in the 9-and-up division for her costume as the Princess of Ireland. Overall costume winner for the 2013 Halloween Spooktacular was awarded to Keelie Rose O’Hara as the Morton Salt girl.