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All City Halloween Party Again a Hit
By Samantha Sizemore


November 15, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The 2006 All City Halloween Party recently held at the Plaza was simply Spooktacular!

Lisa and Arlindo Machado have organized the All City Halloween Party since 1989 and find that some of the parents who attended this year's halloween party with their children also enjoyed the same festivities organized by the Machados when they too were children.

The All City Halloween Party is not only fun for kids, the event provides a safe environment and allows parents the opportunity to relax and enjoy Halloween night with their children in a warm and dry environment. Often as many as 3,000 children have attended the All City Halloween Party enjoying the treats and fun. This year's event pulled in at least that many participants again.

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Center court's display
Photo courtesy Plaza Mall

Weeks before the party, the space once occupied by Jay Jacobs at the Plaza had its windows blackened out and a secretive operation began to take place behind the mysterious black plastic. The secretive operation taking place was the creation of an accursed pirate ship, which when unveiled delighted Ketchikan's pirate fans. The Machados worked many hours constructing the ship's great mast which reached to the ceiling. A menacing skeleton stood at the ship's wheel and there were pirate doubloons a plenty spread amongst the doomed ship to please the wee ones.

There were many fun activity booths such as Potion-Making courtesy of the Ketchikan General Hospital Employee Council. The staff at their table were dressed as an array of spooky characters! Ketchikan Youth Court helped the young party participants make "creepy cookies" with a variety of toppings and the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department provided a ghoulish maze in the downstairs area of the Plaza that many kids enjoyed screaming their way through. A particular favorite was the Library's "Pooh's Corner" which brought the world of Pooh to life.

RE/MAX realtor Bill Elberson and Rotary 2000 rocked The Plaza Mall with funky music and a "Ghost Walk". The word ghost was spelled out repeatedly along a path that children walked. If they were on one of two letters called out when the music stopped, they won a prize. Rotary 2000 members often proclaimed "Everyone's a winner!" to the delight of all the children.

Receiving special recognition for their participation and support for the All City Halloween Party are: Eagles Women's Auxiliary, South Tongass Fire Department, Ketchikan Youth Court, Rotary 2000, Knights of Columbus, Children's Library, Safeway, GCI, Skinner Sales and Service, Ketchikan General Hospital Employee Council, Ketchikan Youth Football League and the Kayhi Kings, Lions Club, Women's Bowling Association, State Farm Insurance, Tongass Federal Credit Union, the Boy's and Girl's Club, Ketchikan Parks and Recreation, KJ and the Black Widows, and the Plaza Mall.


Samantha Sizemore is a freelance writer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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