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Crowd Flocks To Harvest Fest
Young Mikael Brasil, not yet 2, was busy in the pumpkin patch at Collegeville Elementary School on Friday night, looking for the perfect pumpkin. His older sister is a first grader at the school and they enjoyed the Harvest Festival on Oct. 18. Marg Jackson/The Times

Spooky scenes and menacing monsters around every corner in the Haunted House, plenty of pumpkins to pick from to make Jack-O-Lanterns, music, food and fun were the order of the day on Friday at Collegeville Elementary School.

The rural campus was turned in to a carnival grounds for the annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 18, with children attending in costume to enjoy an evening a family fun.

There were chances to win goldfish, a table for painting and decorating pet rocks to take home, youngsters who dared could enter the haunted house maze or jump on the inflatable slide. Games were also featured with a variety of small prizes, there was a full kitchen crew serving up fresh food for the masses and the harvest moon was in view, lighting the evening festivities.

Parent volunteer Roxanne Godfrey was busy making sno cones and sixth grader Roman Gonzalez ordered himself a tasty treat, explaining that his little brother attends Collegeville, which is a K-5 campus.

Teacher Cindy Moreno was on hand to host Moreno Kids’ Arcade, noting that students in her second and third grade class, along with their parents, designed all the games offered.

“They made the rules, brought their own prizes, they even made up some new games, very creative,” she said. “For one ticket, you could play them all.”

Elsewhere, a DJ offered music, there was a miniature golf green to try and get a hole in one and the popular lollipop tree drew a crowd, along with the cotton candy station.

For students and their families, it was a fun way to spend a night with friends and the community.