Family fun at Great Pumpkin Hunt

Close to 100 children and their families gathered at Ponka Composite High School to partake in the “Great Pumpkin Hunt” held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Ethan Littlewood holds his two-year old ball python “George” in the Ponoka Composite High School gymnasium on Oct. 25. George was taken there to be a part of the Great Pumpkin Hunt’s creepy crawly section.

By Kim Hutchison

Staff Reporter:

Close to 100 children and their families gathered at Ponka Composite High School to partake in the “Great Pumpkin Hunt” held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Giraffes, vampires and Spiderman were just a few of the costumes found in the gymnasium as kids were encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes to enjoy an afternoon of facepainting, balloon animals, and Jump House. There was also an interactive creepy crawly section that included a ball python, a frog and tortoise plus the chance to play a special rendition of the gooey game show “Uh-oh” where contestants were asked multiple-choice questions with the wrong answers resulting in bucket of slime being dumped over the head of a fellow teammate.

After over an hour of indoor entertainment and excitement, it was time for the long awaited pumpkin hunt. Small orange pumpkins were scattered throughout the backyard of the school and children who were divided into various age groups headed outside in search for them. High winds didn’t stop anyone from locating a pumpkin and bringing it back to a table stationed in the field in exchange for a bag of treats followed by a barbecue, cookies and juice for all.

“Family oriented events such as this one provide a chance for members of the community to get out and have fun interacting with one another, building stronger relationships in return,” said organizer Shannon McArthur of the Word of Life church. She and her husband pastor Rob McArthur started this event last year and, with its increasing success and fun the children have, plan to keep it going as an annual tradition.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Staycation Stampede Style

Ponoka FCSS hosted its annual Stampede staycation event on June 18

AMBER ALERT: Alert cancelled after child located safe and unharmed

Alert cancelled after child located safe and unharmed

Fighting financial fraud against seniors

Alberta Securities Commission hoping to curb seniors being taken for granted

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Calgary man facing charges after B.C. police service dog aids in arrest

Heavy police presence results in PSD Jagger finding suspect

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Wildfires have forced more than 9,000 people from homes in northern Alberta

People in other communities remain on evacuation alert and could be told to leave quickly

Pride divided: Edmonton leadership under pressure as LGBTQ community looks to future

Most of the conflict can be traced back to 2016 Toronto Pride when Black Lives Matter staged a protest

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

Most Read