Merrimack Halloween party was ‘spooktacular’ success

Merrimack Halloween party was a ‘spooktacular’ success

To the Editor:

Hundreds of residents streamed down from the parking lots, drawn by the larger-than-life spooky clown on the Haunted “Funhouse” and the whimsical faces of the pumpkin patch, to enjoy a family-friendly night of “spooktacular” fun for the Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department’s 21st annual Halloween party at Wasserman Park.

Under the bright October moon, vampires, ghosts and goblins participated in many of the fun games and activities, and stopped for a photo session at the adorable pumpkin patch created by the Merrimack Girl Scouts. Local nonprofit organizations and community groups volunteered both time and talents, making this night a great success.

For the past few years, under the direction of the Merrimack High School FIRST robotics team, the haunted house has become something to see and experience. Their “Haunted Funhouse” terrified and amazed anyone who dared to enter the yawning mouth of the monstrous clown. Around every corner, there were funhouse mirrors and spooky clowns waiting to scare you silly. The lines were long as many waited in nervous anticipation of what terrors waited for them inside. Thank you to the MHS FIRST robotics team for creating another frightfully fantastic haunted house!

Inside the function hall, the Merrimack Police Department’s PACT Fun Day included pumpkin painting, a costume parade showcasing all of the children’s creative costumes, popcorn, apples, treats and complimentary refreshments. A big thank you to Officer Kelleher and Lisa Mooney, who organized the costume contest and distributed safety tips on how to enjoy a happy and healthy Halloween.

Sam the Music Man kept the night hopping with everyone’s favorite Halloween songs. Guests had a great time posing and creating their own scenery using the Halloween props and backdrop at the photo booth sponsored by Merrimack Friends and Families. All proceeds go directly to the Merrimack Friends and Families Charitable Fund. Merrimack Karate delighted all the children with their very entertaining sponge bop game. The Merrimack Leo Club sold delicious homemade treats. All proceeds from their bake sale go back to the community to help families in need.

We extend our sincere appreciation to Holly Morales and Brownie Troop 11143, Junior Troop 10375, and Cadette Troops 10564, 10112 and 12129 for sharing their time and bringing their enthusiasm and creativity to help run games and activities, paint faces, apply tattoos and make glow-in-the-dark bracelets for many of the delighted children, as well as carving pumpkins for the fabulous pumpkin patch. Special thanks to Chris Christensen, Laura Jaynes and Jackie Flood from the Parks and Recreation committee for taking time out of their busy schedules to help us make this Halloween event such a success.

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank each of you for sharing this event with us. We extend our gratitude to all the wonderful volunteers who helped to make the night a delightful success.

KELLY VALLUZZI
Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department