Time for spooky entertainment

Halloween a chance for adults to be kids again

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2006


  Liven up the party with Halloween drinks. Illustration by M. Scott Moon

Liven up the party with Halloween drinks.

Illustration by M. Scott Moon

Friday the 13th eerily preludes Halloween this year. Superstitious or not, members of the Kenai Elk’s Lodge consider this a suitable time to raise money for the Kenai community, and are hosting a party with the genre of Transylvania.

Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, the bash is bursting at the seams with events for adults. Participants can play a part in a game of Pass the Pumpkin or try tossing candy corn into trick-or-treat buckets that hang from the waists of other teammates. There will also be a costume contest with celebrity judges.

“I won’t disclose who the judges are. It’s a surprise,” said Mary Jackson, an Elks member and coordinator of the event.

Prizes will be awarded in the categories of best couple, male and female. Contestants could win dinner for two at the Elk’s, a night’s accommodations at a local hotel and more.

Ghouls, ghosts, skeletons, bats, a giant spider along with masses of webs and the infamous masked Jason lurking in the background will create a ghoulish exhibit. Beware of a haunting graveyard, with disembodied remains, tombstones and a 6-foot casket.

“It’s an opportunity for adults to be like kids,” said Jackson. “I Googled for Halloween games and drinks. It’ll be fun.”

Finger foods just might contain hands and other gruesome extras, and specialty drinks like the Ghoul, the Jagermonster and the Brain Hemorrhage convey the spooky theme.

Dan Sullivan, a musician raised in Soldotna who’s recently returned to the area, will perform at 8 p.m., combining classic rock, modern rock, country and his own original tunes.

“I’ll put a request list on the tables, and play what people want to hear.” Sullivan said. “I’ll throw in comedy tidbits and some impersonations, as well.”

Admission is $10 per person 21 and over. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Kenai Elk’s Lodge or at the door Friday night.

Proceeds benefit local civic affairs and programs such as drug awareness, high school scholarships, Americanism, veterans service and community welfare.

Kenai Elk’s Exalted Ruler Konrad Jackson explains, “The Elks Organization is a fraternal organization established over a hundred years ago to raise money and donate it to communities. We have given Kenai and Nikiski High Schools about $10,000 in scholarships. We try to give as much as possible.”

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