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Collegeville Hosts Haunting Festival
Bowling with pumpkins, dancing in a flash mob, enjoying dinner and taking a chance on some brightly packaged gift baskets were all part of the festivities for the annual Harvest Festival hosted Friday at Collegeville Elementary School.

Members of the after school program treated festival attendees to the 'flash mob' dance to start off the evening and the music continued almost non-stop throughout the fest, with dancers taking the 'floor' on the school's playground blacktop when the mood struck them.

Elsewhere, older students from Escalon High Key Club and FFA helped stage a 'haunted house' that drew screams and shrieks from the youngsters brave enough to make their way through it.

A Mexican fiesta dinner was served in the school cafeteria and there was also pumpkin pie offered up by the slice at the festival itself. Young 'princess' Kate Thompson, 14 months, was enjoying helping dad Richard clean up the refried beans on his plate during dinner as the whole family came to take part in the Harvest Festival.

Teachers offered various game booths and small prizes were available to youngsters for the games. Tickets were offered at a nominal price and allowed children to take part in a wide range of activities.

Face painting was a popular booth, as was the area where rocks could be painted to take home. Most of the students attending were also in costume for the event, with Dracula and Minnie Mouse, butterflies and bumblebees all putting in an appearance.

School principal Bob Amato helped announce the winning tickets for the various prize baskets and raffle items, with 'family game night' to a 'pamper me' spa basket among those offered. Each class put together a theme basket for the raffle table and other prizes were donated by area businesses, individuals and organizations.

The weather cooperated, with clear skies and cool evening temperatures making for perfect festival conditions.