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Halloween Carnival moves to evening this year

October 27, 2013
One of the most popular traditions of the Halloween season will be made even more supernatural this year. Due to a scheduling conflict with the VCHS Homecoming Dance, the Valley Center-Pauma Halloween Carnival will be held on Nov. 1 from 4 – 9 p.m. at the "Upper" VC Elementary School.

Dubbed the Halloween Carnival under the Stars, the event will feature plenty of favorite traditions as well as some new attractions. The carnival has always been held during the day in the past and it was originally scheduled for Oct. 26, but it had to be moved after homecoming was set for that same day.

"A lot of volunteers come from the high school as well as the middle school, so we were short on volunteers," said Martina Day, carnival chair. "Trying to get another Saturday without soccer games was impossible."

Instead, they opted for a Friday evening.

As always, there will be a variety of rides for all ages. Some of the new attractions this year include a photo booth, a climbing wall, a haunted trail, a jousting ring, a crossover obstacle course, and a wrecking ball game. There will even be an indoor trailer for people to test their secret agent skills by dodging lasers.

Peterson's Donuts is selling donuts this year. You can pre-order them by the dozen the Pauma, Primary, and Middle Schools, or wait and buy them individually at the festival itself. There will be baked potatoes, hot chocolate, and hot coffee to keep festival-goers awake, as well as glow sticks and glow necklaces.

"It's a fundraiser to raise money for our kids," said Day. "All the profit we make goes back to the schools." Tickets will be available for pre-sale on Oct. 29 and 30. There will be ticket tables set up at lunch at the schools, as well as a table outside VC Elementary from 2-6 p.m. on Oct 30. Ticket prices vary depending on how many rides or meals you want, but the pre-sale rate is better than the price at the door. There will also be raffle tickets available for three separate raffles of $100.

It wouldn't be a Halloween festival without a costume contest, and this year will be no exception.

"We know it's a day late, but we know that kids like to dress up all the time," said Day. She also hopes that since it's a nighttime event, older kids will come. The VC Optimists will be sponsoring the event by making hot dogs and hamburgers, and there will also be pizza.

Day is grateful to all the teachers, school staff, and volunteers who have dedicated their time. She is still looking for donations for the silent auctions. For more information, or to learn about volunteering, please call (858) 248-0618.

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