October is a fun month in Gray. Leading up to Halloween each year, the Gray Parks and Recreation Department hosts its Community Halloween Party. This year's party included a haunted house, 555 (that's not a typo!) carved pumpkins, and Newbegin Community Center was packed with families playing games, doing arts and crafts, and getting temporary tattoos! Many kids dressed up in their best Halloween costume, and several parents dressed the part as well.
The haunted house was so popular this year that many stood in line for 20+ minutes waiting to experience some fright.
How do they get 555 pumpkins? Leading up to Halloween, LL Bean hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival, a major fundraiser to support Camp Sunshine. As part of their festival, LL Bean displays thousands of carved pumpkins. LL Bean and Camp Sunshine work with area schools to have students carve the pumpkins. Students are able to earn community service credits, often required to graduate, by supporting this fundraising effort. At the end of the week long festival, LL Bean kindly donates some of the pumpkins to Gray Parks and Recreation each year for their annual Community Halloween Party. Helpful volunteers transport and place the pumpkins around the Gray Town Hall and Recreation Complex.
This year, 555 were lined up for an impressive pumpkin walk around one of the baseball fields, and along the newly expanded bicycle-pedestrian trail. Along with admiring all of the pumpkins, community members were able to see the progress that has gone into this trail, which has expanded since last year's Halloween party.
Inside Newbegin were nine game stations, four activity stations for arts and crafts, and a place for kids to get temporary tattoos. The stations were run by local students, and prizes were given out to each game participant. Games ranged from ring toss to bowling (with pins made of candy corn!). At the arts and crafts stations, families could make mummy faces, assemble a Halloween themed picture made of pasta, or color bookmarks or spooky coloring book pages.
Refreshments and Gray Parks and Recreation gear was available to purchase, with all funds raised going to support the Gray Parks and Recreation department.
As in years past, this was a great event for the community! The party was well attended, everyone had a blast!
Realtor and Market Area Specialist