Halloween more treats than tricks in Kingston

KINGSTON — Little Red Riding Hood, a black cat, fairy princess and a ghoul or two were a few of the pint-sized Halloween partiers who gathered up candy by the handful.

But that wasn’t the only treat of the night at the Builder’s Club Halloween Fun House Wednesday.

Kingston Junior High, and North Kitsap High School students were rewarded for building the fun house with sweet smiles from tots and appreciative looks from parents.

“I hope they’re having fun. Most of the haunted houses are for older kids.” said Katherine LaChance, Builder’s Club member. She, along with a crew of other club members, connected prizes to fishing poles. Children on the other side of the blue sheet reeled in their treats. The fishing game was one of several games that was aimed at taking the fright out of Halloween.

“It’s terrific. It gives kids a safe place to go,” said Jeff Philip as he watches his five and seven year-olds throw their lines into the water. After the games at the fun house, he planned to take them out for some trick or treating.

“It gives the older kids something to do and they give back to the community,” Philip said.

Students from the NK Success program, Builders Club and Kingston Kiwanis members worked this past week to create and construct a fun house in the Kingston Community Center basement. They met on Sunday to get organized and then spent the bulk of Tuesday afternoon putting together the games. From crepe paper to hay bales everything was in place when the tykes walked in the door on Halloween.

Everyone involved in the project said they did it because they liked to help people.

And, it’s fun.

“I really like it. It’s fun. I really enjoy doing things for the community,” said Kristen DeBoer, seventh grader. She dressed as a butterfly and watched as kids made the loop in the cupcake walk. She like the other older kids could have gone trick or treating themselves, but chose to do something more rewarding.

Seeing the kids faces and their expressions is what DeBoer said she enjoyed most about it.

Christopher Cover and Kyle Wilcox, both seventh graders, sat within the darkened maze guiding kids as they crawl in. This was the first year they have been in Builder’s Club and said they joined to help others in the community.

Jessica Bento, Rachel Cryer and Chelsea Forkner members of an NK Success group helped the junior high students to help the younger kids.

“It’s just a safe place for them to be on Halloween,” Cryer said.

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