MT. VERNON — The Register-News is hosting a special Kids Halloween Bash this Thursday featuring a Haunted Maze and numerous other games and activities.
Register-News Advertising Director Sheonna Hill said the celebration will provide a safe and welcoming environment for local children so they can enjoy the holiday.
“Being part of the community, we want to provide a fun place for families, especially kids, to go on Halloween,” Hill said. “We want to help make the holiday a fun, safe one for everyone in the community.”
The Kids Halloween Bash will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Register-News, 911 Broadway.
It is a free event aimed at ages 4 to 13. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Activities will include face paintings, a color contest, several Halloween-themed games, prizes and the Haunted Maze.
Most of the games will take place in the newspaper's parking lot, if weather allows. They will be moved inside if it rains.
Featured games include coffin basketball, bone in a haystack, balloon pop, pumpkin bowling and more.
“There will be no shortage of fun activities for kids to enjoy,” said Register-News Publisher Bob Dennis. “We've really tried to make sure there's something for everyone.”
The main attraction of the bash will likely be the Haunted Maze, located in the pressroom inside the newspaper building.
Hill said the maze took more than two weeks to complete and promises to offer a scary good time to those brave enough to enter.
Spiderwebs, skulls and other spooky decorations line the walls and corridors of the maze — spooky, but not scary and appropriate for all ages. There will be other surprises in store as well.
“It's the first time we've ever done a maze,” Hill said.
The Register-News previously held a Halloween Bash in 2011 and about 400 people stopped by.
Those who attend Thursday's celebration are encouraged to come in costume.
The bash's major event sponsors are Borowiak's IGA, Walmart, Prime Sound & Entertainment, Rare Chop House, Nu Bowl Lanes and Pepsi MidAmerica.