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COLUMN: Many involved in Halloween Haunt

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Summerland Aquatic Centre will be transformed for the Halloween Haunt.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Summerland Aquatic Centre will be transformed for the Halloween Haunt.

This event, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is run by aquatic staff and over 70 volunteers.  Yes more than 70 volunteers!

A special thank you to these volunteers who make one of the largest community events in Summerland such a Spook-tacle!

Stations of fun games and challenges line the circumference of the pool.

Favourite games return: Pumpkin Toss, Feed the Spider, Slide of Doom and Graveyard Bowling.  New challenging games have been created: Angry Birds, Mind Scramble, Balloon Burst and Poke-a-Pumpkin.

Children, parents, volunteers and staff are decked out in Halloween costumes — it’s a sight to be seen.

A Haunted House station is set up for those older children who enjoy being spooked!

My children ages three, seven and nine, all have a blast going from activity station to station.

When children complete the activities, they are awarded with tokens that they can redeem for their prize — an assortment of candy and treats.

The community comes together to put on this unforgettable evening for the youth of Summerland.

Thank you to sponsors: Nesters, McDonalds, A&W, Dairy Queen, Summerland Sweets, Murray’s Pizza, Nautilus Diving, All You Need Is One, BC Fruit Packers and Prima Pizza.

Any child under 10 who cannot swim a width of the pool must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited.

This event sells out.

Joanne Malar is the program coordinator for Summerland Recreation, three-time Olympic swimmer, 2012 Olympic Commentator, kinesiologist and holistic nutritionist.