Not-so-scary Halloween party is Friday, Oct. 25

There is but mild scariness afoot in Bedford tonight as the first annual Not-So-Scary Halloween party takes place from 5-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at the NH Sportsplex, 68 Technology Drive.

The event is expected to draw costumed creepy-crawlers, masked marauders, fluffy-haired clowns and an array of other costumed characters, mostly Bedford youngsters in their most outrageous, prettiest, scariest or funniest gear.

Some not-so-scary tricks and treats are in store at this Halloween party, especially designed for kids age 12 or younger. Play laser tag with Captain Jack Sparrow. Go on a guided trick-or-treat scavenger hunt with villains, goblins and ghouls. Maybe spend some time with a beautiful fairy princess.

The event benefits the Our Promise To Nicholas Foundation’s mission for finding a cure for Batten disease. The disease is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that has afflicted local children including Bedford’s Nicholas Dainiak, 10. He is the foundation’s namesake.

The Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation was established in 2009 after Nicholas was diagnosed with Batten disease. It is a rare illness, for of every 1000,000 children born in the United States, perhaps two, three or four youngsters will be diagnosed. Nicholas’ parents, Chris and Heather, are working endless hours fulfilling a promise to Nicholas – a promise that they will never stop trying to find a cure for the disease.

The party is rumored to entail great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts, but as gophers are somewhat rare in Bedford, the menu instead will include pizza, beverages and many other treats. Listen for a DJ playing haunted hits and other musical offerings from a cauldron full of tunes. Balloon creations, a bounce house and face painting should keep even the youngest little monster occupied and happy.

Bedford Village Comics will be on-hand with comic book giveaways and a chance for the adults in the crowd to view some vintage and newer comic books, featuring favorite monsters from today and yesteryear. Don’t be afraid when you look at the covers, showcasing Frankenstein and other famous monsters.

Meanwhile, enjoy carnival games, a meeting with Disney princesses and a chance to visit with Max the mascot of the Manchester Monarchs. A special treat will be the showing of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” at 7:15 p.m., followed by “Wreck It Ralph.” The movies will be shown on an indoor television big enough to suit any big, green giant.

Tickets for the event are $5 per person or $20 per family. Cash or checks will be accepted. Parking is available, so bring all the kids from your spooky neighborhood and meet others of a not-so-scary mindset.

The OPTN Foundation extends sincere thanks to the NH Sportsplex, corporate sponsor, and a multitude of businesses, individuals and volunteers who have ensured the evening will be a special one for all that enjoy a not-so-scary experience.

For more information on OPTN-funded research initiatives, Batten disease or to make a direct donation, visit