Halloween Fright Fest plans sets

By PAUL KEDINGER
Managing Editor

The City of Rayne and local women’s organization Mesdames d’Rayne, with assistance from NAUW Rayne Chapter and Our Mother of Mercy Ladies Auxiliary Court #75, have put together an exciting “Fright Fest” for our community on Halloween, Thursday, October 31.  Fright Fest 2013 being held at the Rayne Civic Center promises to be a fun event.
Plans for the evening have been finalized and everyone is invited to participate.  The hours of fun will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a voluntary admission fee of a canned good or monetary donation, which will be returned to the community in baskets for needy families during the Thanksgiving holidays.  
Children 12 years old and younger will be able to participate in age appropriate fun games and activities and be able to win Halloween treats in the carnival atmosphere.  
The games will be divided into age division 0-5 years, 6-8 years and 9-12 years of age.
A costume contest will be held at 7 p.m. with trophies being presented in Cutest, Scariest and Most Creative categories in age categories as follows:  under 1 year of age, 1-3 year olds, 4-6 year olds, 7-9 year olds, 10-12 years old and 13 years to adult.
A coloring contest will also be held.  A special Fright Fest coloring sheet will be sent home with students about one week ahead of Fright Fest.  Children are asked to bring their colored sheets in to be judged for ribbons and prizes.
City of Rayne Representative Suzette Leonards says, “This event has evolved into a yearly activity as a safe alternative to door-to-door trick or treating.  We ask for and encourage the community’s support for this event in the interest of fun, safe Halloween activities for the children of Rayne.”  
She adds, “I’d also like to encourage our local businesses and individuals to get involved in the way of volunteering, candy donations and general support for our Halloween event.  I will have a volunteer sign-up sheet at City Hall. You may also drop off candy or monetary donations prior to Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at City Hall.  
In terms of success, it is already one, because it has pulled together many people in the interest of quality community activities for our children, Leonards noted.
For more information, please contact Suzette Leonards at 337-334-6682 or stop by the City Hall located at 801 The Boulevard in Rayne between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday – Friday.
 

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