Ghouls, ghosts and little princesses were on hand Sunday to celebrate All Hallows Eve at the annual Standish Halloween party hosted by Standish Recreation.

The celebration, usually held outdoors at Standish Memorial Park, was forced inside this year due to high winds. More than 150 kids attended the party at George E. Jack Elementary School on Northeast Road.

For a $3 registration fee, kids attending were able to participate in several games including, an UNO card hunt, bottle bowling, mock fishing, catch the doughnut, and a tennis ball toss.

Kids were awarded tickets after playing each game, and were able to use the tickets later to “shop” at the ticket table.

“We have a lot of things the kids can buy with their tickets,” said Standish Recreation Director Linda Brooks. “We have stuffed animals, jewelry, glow sticks, gift cards to various places, we have a lot of trendy things for them.”

Most of the prizes were donated by local area businesses enabling the recreation program to keep the overall cost low. Proceeds from the party will be used for improvements to the ice skating rink at Johnson’s Field on Route 35.

Standish Recreation hosts skating parties throughout the winter at the ice rink. A bonfire lights the sky while partygoers skate to music and replenish with free refreshments from the warming hut.

The skating rink, which is approaching its 10-year anniversary, is in visible need of improvement.

“We are hoping to get some new benches, new goals, and possibly a backstop for shooting practice,” said Brooks. “We are also hoping to replace boards around the perimeter of the ice.”

The Bonny Eagle High School and Middle School hockey teams will be helping with the rink project as well as the Little Scots hockey players. When the funding is reached, the teams will be building the boards, goals, underpinning and backstops.

“I think this is a great project that will benefit all involved,” said Little Scots Director Terry Jewell. “It gives the high school players a chance to mentor the younger players, it helps the recreation department with their needs, and it gives the community a more festive place to be.”

Jewell is hoping to educate the players about community involvement while introducing the community to the kids involved in the Bonny Eagle hockey programs.

“These kids are interested in helping their community as well as playing hockey,” said Jewell.

The players will be responsible for maintenance of the ice rink throughout the winter including trash pick-up and snow removal.

Sunday’s treat-filled event raised about $500 to go toward the ice rink project.


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