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Ghosts, goblins and other Halloween creatures of all shapes and sizes will appear at Mountain Elementary School to participate in a tradition than spans about 30 years: the Mountain School Halloween Carnival. The event will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday and will include games, treats, scary adventures, prizes and a haunted house.
The carnival got its start around 1975, when Pat Knecht organized the first Halloween fundraiser. However, it really took off the next year when Knecht teamed up with Donald and Elaine Morris and other members of the community and school staff to organize the first full-scale event. Many Los Alamos businesses and organizations were active participants in those early years.
In addition, students, staff and industrious parents created many of the original games and activities. Many of these have been updated, but will still be in use at this year’s carnival. Look for the beanbag toss, the fortuneteller, the cakewalk and the haunted house, which is still set up on the stage of the gym.
Over the years, many other parents and teachers have heeded the Halloween call and have volunteered to coordinate or help with the event. In fact, Donald and Elaine’s daughter, Dawn Jalbert, who is currently a teacher at Mountain, was also a coordinator of the event for several years.
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