Good, clean, frightening fun

Dear Editor:The gym at the Bridges Center in Carbondale came alive recently with tiny super heroes, cute little lions and tigers, and other various characters. The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers produced our second annual Halloween Happening for young children and their families, and the evening was a resounding success! Children and their parents roamed the gym playing games, including: pumpkin bowling, ring toss, steal the egg from the sleeping troll, basketball, and the birdseed game, among others. Chili, popcorn, cider and cupcakes were served, faces were painted, and seasonal stories were told. In another part of the gym the best-ever obstacle course was provided by Thunder River Gymnastics. Everyone especially enjoyed the not-so-scary haunted locker room that Bridges High School students Matt Lack, Kenzie Cole, Erik Meza, Connor Miller, Alex Guenther, Miguel Vargas and Juan Montoya designed and implemented. The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers would like to thank all of the participants and supporters of the Halloween Happening, especially the Children for a Better World (Emily Bruell, Kira Willis, Tavia Teitler, Fiona Laird and their families), Glenwood Girl Scout Troop 284 (Olivia Dixon, Megan Uren, Megan Mazzatto, Molly Graves and Kyla Rattin) and the town of Carbondale Recreation Department (Jessi Rochel and Olive). Thanks to Alpine Bank for sponsoring our event. Also big thanks to: Advanced Bodyworks, Aria, Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen Recreation Center, Aspen Skiing Co., Betsy’s Barefoot Books, Bettina Healing Touch, Big O Tires in Basalt, Bristlecone Sports, CCAH, City Market, Dancing Colours, D&E Sports, Dominos, Dos Gringos, Downtown Preservation Association, Floral Boutique, Hampton Inn and Suites in Downtown Denver, Hestia, Hotel Jerome, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Grana Bread, La Provence Spa, Mi Casita, RJ Paddywacks, Roaring Fork Co-Op, RFTA, Salon Sublime, Skin to Soul Holistic Massage, Sunburst Car Care, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, Susan’s Flowers & Gifts, Two Leaves and a Bud, The Village Smithy, White House Pizza, Willits General Store, Working Solutions, Yampah Spa, Tezra Jennings and Karla Bingham.Muchas gracias to our storytellers: Merrilee Hindman, Nancy Ball and Jack Green. Our set designers and helpers: Ann Jeffrey, Marlyn and Brenda Rodriguez, Michael Mulry, Camy Britt, Jenny Lindsay, Kerry Ach, David Warner, Ellen Haas, Ronnda Kuhr, Penny Ridley, Janet Earley, Pasang, Pema and Dee Sherpa, Ruth and Robin Muse, Nellie La Joy, Mary Russell, and Becky Loveless of The Dancing Pickle Caterers. All the proceeds from this event will go toward supporting The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers in their mission of connecting families, schools and communities to improve student health, well-being and academic achievement. Thanks to all of you who braved the cold to show off your costumes and to help us support the children and families of the Roaring Fork School District!Katie MarshallRoaring Fork Family Resource Centers