By Frank Lewis
The same ghosts, monsters and whatever else haunted the hallways at the Jaycees clubhouse Saturday as they staged a special Haunted House performance for some little ones who themselves were decked out in Halloween costumes.
“We have a kids party going on today for the kids in the community,” Kenny Scarberry, president of the Jaycees, said. “This is our second year. Last year we had over a hundred kids, hopefully we’ll get that many this year.”
Many of the kids were dressed as witches, others as super heroes and still others were wearing “Scream” masks.
“We take them up in the haunted house and we do the mask on mask off, lights on lights off. It’s up to the kids. It’s all about them today,” Scarberry said. “We have some costume contests and we hand out trophies for them. This is just a fun day for the kids.”
Scarberry said the Jaycees have been staging the haunted house for 38 years.
“The haunted house is our big money-maker,” Scarberry said. “It helps us keep our lights on so we can do the other things to help the community.”
The halloween party was the brain-child of Danny and Tim McKenzie, and while Laura Hackworth was putting the finishing touches on little Alexandria Applegate’s makeup, Scarberry was reflecting on the day’s festivities.
“They all get hot dogs, chips, drink,” Scarberry said. “We got a lot of sponsors this year to help us out. McDonald’s sponsored us with some drinks and this is something good for the community. Anything we can do to help the community, that’s what we’re going to do. I love seeing kids happy.”
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Alexandria Applegate (left) right after being made up by Laura Hackworth while Danielle Berger looks on at Saturday’s Kid’s Day showing of the Jaycees Haunted House.