Annual spooky, family event planned Thursday
The Henderson-Vance Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual Fall Festival Thursday evening at the Aycock Recreation Complex starting at 5:30.
The goal of recreation staff and volunteers for the three-hour event is “spooky fun” for young and old alike: hay and train rides, face paintings, carnival games, a slide and choosing either or both on visiting a haunted house and a bouncy house.
“It is a fun family event,” said Crystal Allen, the event organizer. “I’ve been lading it for seven years and involved for a couple years longer than that. It is always a fun time for the community each year.”
A costume contest becomes the center attraction from 6 to 7. Allen said Character Antics, providers of the bouncy house, will also have refreshments on hand.
While not for profit, the event does run on an activity ticket system for everything from rides to refreshments.
“The activity tickets are just 25 cents each,” Allen said. “You can get ticket cards in batches of 25, and rides take two to four, never more than four tickets, to do. It’s done according to a ticket system.”
The main attraction is the Aycock Center’s haunted house upstairs in the large conference room area. According to Allen, the haunted house has been completely decorated for the occasion.
The Aycock Center is located behind Aycock Elementary School, at 307 Carey Chapel Road.
Last year’s fall festival was one of the department’s biggest turnouts, attracting more than 900.
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