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Halloween celebrations kick off with community bash, haunted house

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POLSON – Superheroes, dragons, dinosaurs, witches and cartoon characters were among the creatures prowling the parking lot at the New Life Church in Polson on Saturday during the annual Pumpkin Patch Bash.

The event featured a trunk-or-treat event. Among 20 creatively decorated vehicles in the church’s parking lot, 300-plus costumed kids filled up their Halloween sacks with candies and treats. “The kids needed to get out,” said Kastle Largent. “The kids loved it.”

The bash was free and open to the public as a way for families to celebrate fall and spend time together. In addition to all of the activities going on outside, which included a petting zoo, games and a hayride, families gathered in the warmth of the church for food, face painting and a “haunted” bounce house. 

Also, on Saturday, blood-curdling screams could be heard from the Ronan High School Thespian Troupe’s haunted house. 

The event was as a fundraiser for a June 2021 group trip to London. 

“It was fun to see the pants scared off all the adults,” said Natalie Workman, a haunted house tour guide. 

The troupe offered two types of tours, a slightly less scary lights-on version for the faint of heart and a scary lights-off version.

“We had people come back three, four times,” said director Jessica Davis. “It was a fun experience for the kids. A haunted house was perfect for us to put on. It gave us a chance to work on our acting, stage make up, set design and props.”

According to Davis, the group raised just under $2,000. 

“I’m so proud of my kids, and I’m so thankful for the community support,” said Davis. “We’ll definitely be doing this next year.” 


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