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Creekside Halloween Carnival 2015

On the night before All Hallows Eve 2015 a carnival was held from 5 to 7pm at the Creekside Elementary Gym in Spearfish, SD.

The opening E-Special-ly for you Carnival was the innovation of Suzanne Purvis whose daughter, Cynthia, is a third grade Special Education student at Creekside Elementary School. Suzanne aspired to create a Halloween celebration accessible to all children who have a special need for fun!

The well-attended carnival was orchestrated by Special Education Teacher, Karen Kissack, with individual activity stations for the Bean Bag Toss, Rubber Duck Pond, Fishing Fun, Bowling Game and Face Painting hosted by Creekside’s Art Teacher, Julianne Zoller, and her Girl Scout Troops #70022 and #72606; as well as a Mini Pumpkin Painting table presented by the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation. The costumed participants also enjoyed Treat Bag Decorating, Disc Golf, a Monsters University Photo Booth, and a Book Walk- with books donated by Barry and Jodi Penn, and the Salvation Army.

Sensory games like creating Halloween slime with Chemistry Teacher Jessica Zwaschka; panning for gold with Todd Deux from Black Hills Mining Museum and playing with natural, homemade playdough by Veronica Clark offered a great hands-on experience.

The Shriner Clowns, Pappy and Rowdy, were available in their painted faces and red noses to twist up balloon creations for the kids, and Elsa aka Stephany Carlson from Disney’s Frozen came down from the mountains of Arendelle for a special guest appearance and pictures.

There was no need to worry about food allergies, limits or getting sick from too much candy at this carnival as only non-food treats were given out- creating a safer, happier Halloween for all! Prizes for everyone included stickers, puzzles, pencils, erasers, bubbles, bouncy balls, spider rings, and playing cards.

This carnival was made possible with generous contributions by First Interstate Bank, Lantis Enterprises, Walgreens, Vast, Walmart, McDonalds, All Trade Maintenance & Repair, Black Hills Community Bank, and the United Methodist Church.

Raffle Prizes were offered by Twilight Salon, Papa Murphy’s, Auto Zone, Mr. Movies, Healing Haven, Lucky’s 13, and Little Caesars Pizza with a drawing held every 15 minutes announced by the orotund-voiced Jason Purvis. Ticket sales totaling $450 were gifted to the non-profit Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation and their efforts to create a world of acceptance, love and success for children of all abilities and their families.


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