BURGETTSTOWN - This year, the Burgettstown Kids Center, Cub Scout Troop 1350 and Boy Scout Troop 1351 will combine their events for a two-day Halloween celebration at the Main Street Park.
The scouts have sponsored "Boo in the Park," a haunted house-style walk through at park, as one of their major fundraisers for several years. Along with volunteers from the kids center and other local groups, this year the scouts will once again be "haunting" the park from 6:30 to 9:30 Friday and 5 p.m. to 9:30 Saturday. The cost is a $3 donation per person, with those under 3 free. Concessions will be available Friday.
"It's a great thing this year that 'Boo in the Park' and the kids center are working together," said Jim Reedy, center director.
SCARY SEASON — The Burgettstown Kids Center and Cub Scout Troop 1350 and Boy Scout Troop 1351 will combine their annual “Boo in the Park” haunted house and Halloween this year. Boo in the Park will be held Friday and Saturday, and the party will be held Saturday. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
DECORATED PUMPKINS — Area children decorated pumpkins and made masks Monday at the Burgettstown Kids Center, which has regular free craft, bingo and movie nights for local families. Volunteers, including, Katie Preston, left, and Vickie Rush, assisted with craft night, which also included free refreshments. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
The kids center annual Halloween party will be held in conjunction with "Boo in the Park," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the park's basketball court.
"DJ Squirrel will be back with all her Halloween antics," he said.
In addition to spooky tunes, the party will include refreshments, games and prizes and a best costume contest for those children attending.
"There will be treat bags for one and all," said Reedy.
Kids Center volunteers assembled the treat bags, which were decorated by the Washington County Community Action Council.
"It's great that CAC got involved this year," he said.
Mary Oddi, "Boo in the Park" coordinator, noted that the group's sign was stolen last year, but local business Cassidy Signs has donated a new one.
"Since our banner was stolen last year, Cassidy was super gracious and is going to make us a new sign," she said.
Oddi said that several scouts also will take the opportunity to camp out in the park during the event.
"It will be a weekend full of fun," said Reedy. "The weather is going to be good, and we all look forward to the Halloween party every year. This will be the first time that we've utilized the entire park for an event."
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