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Schools Family Night Draws Crowd
Kindergartner Paige and little sister Riley Norris pose as a pumpkin and Sponge Bob in the “pumpkin patch” at the Sierra View Elementary School Tricks & Treats Family Night on Oct. 29 hosted by the Parent Teacher Club. More than 800 people attended the event. Photo Contributed - photo by Dawn M. Henley/The Leader

Sierra View Elementary School Parent Teacher Club (SVEPTC) hosted a “Tricks & Treats Family Night” on Oct. 29 at the school that offered Sierra View families the opportunity to dress up, play games and collect sweet treats in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.

“This was by far the biggest free family night Sierra View has ever had,” said SVEPTC President Holly Larsen, adding that according to their check-in lists they had more than 185 Sierra View families with a total number in attendance coming in at more than 804 people.

“Kids and adults came in costumes and we had games galore in the Coyote Café and outside,” Larsen said.

Families checked in and were given a special ticket to pick up a carving-sized pumpkin, about 200 of which were given away. They also received tickets for refreshments and cookies.

Larsen reported that 46 volunteers helped with set-up and working the event, including eight junior high students who also helped. Volunteers’ jobs included helping with the many refreshment, treats, games, and photo booths at the event. A musical chairs game where the winner won a packaged honey bun was also a “huge hit,” said Larsen. A festive pumpkin patch set up with hay bales, black curtains, fiber optic scarecrow, and cauldron of dry ice fogging the area for a mysterious effect served as the backdrop for the photo booth.

Kids earned tickets from games and turned them in at a prize table, or they could use them for face painting, harvest photos, or cotton candy.

The PTC also auctioned off two large pumpkins, a candy-filled piñata, a Gold Canyon candle, and two Cutie Browne children’s books to raise money.