The families of Eastern Washington University faculty and students were in the PUB MPR at the annual Family Festival ready for fun Oct. 29. Most children were in full costume, running around wildly and eating candy like free spirits.
The main event was the costume contest with two different groups participating. The first group consisted of children under the age of 7 and the second age group were children aged 7 to 10.
The contestants under the age of 7 included a butterfly, Elmo, Tinkerbell, Superman, a monkey and Raggedy Ann. The winner of this division was the butterfly, and she was awarded a goldfish.
For the older children, the costume contestants were an Egyptian, a princess, a punk rock princess and a cheerleader. The winner of this age bracket was the Egyptian, who also won a goldfish.
Children seemed most excited, however, about the pumpkin walk, which was similar to the cake walk except that the winning prize was candy. Jessica Dempsey, who works for running start at Eastern, said, “My children like the pumpkin walk the best.”
Other activities at the Family Festival included a bounce house, a bag decorating table, face mask designing and games like throwing a candy corn bean bag into a jack-o-lantern.
The children flocked to the bounce house and the pumpkin walk. There was face painting for those who wanted to be decorated.
With music playing and refreshments, the event was a hit and a fun, safe way to enjoy Halloween.