There were all kinds of games going on inside the Tri-City Elks Lodge downstairs dining room Sunday afternoon.
There were things like Pull-A-Pumpkin Pop, manned by Jackie “Mada Gaga Zebra” Stankevich and Karen “The Witch” McNeil as well as other offerings like The Tombstone Toss and Tic Tac Toe and a Classic Costume Contest featuring young and old alike.
It was Lodge 14’s annual Halloween Party, an event featuring some 80 or so kids whose parents responded to a notice Youth Activities Chairperson Marie Cavanaugh put on school-related sites inviting families to come and Trick or Treat, hot dogs, potato chips, punch, cookies and cakes donated by Elk Tony Cicione who is a distributor for Little Debby Foods.
Rob Caramante, Tri-City’s resident disc jockey, filled the spacious and upgraded room with music that many parents – and their children – danced to throughout the fun-filled Halloween happening.
Even Amy the Mime made a special visit to Sunday’s party and treated the kids to figures of all sorts from blown-up balloons.
There was another person, Tri-City member Gayle Jendzejec, who presented a meaningful and moving portion of Sunday’s Ghoulish goings-on. Jendzejec is Tri-City’s Drug Awareness Chairperson who enlisted the services of two teenage high school students to come an tell their story of how their sibling was in a car accident due to a drunk driver. Both girls survived the horrific crash, as did a younger man who also spoke to the parents and children about drugs.
“Although some of the children were too young to absorb that information, their parents really took notice and certainly appreciated the efforts of the two girls and man,” said Lori Eaton, Lodge 14’s Exalted Ruler. “Our program goes along with the Elks National Program that has often been reinforced by law enforcement across the country.”
Eaton, who like many of the children’s parents came dressed in special Halloween garb and complimented the dozen or more Elks who helped make candy bags, played the games and give out prizes for the games and dance contests.