At Chapel-By-The-Sea, An Old Fashioned Halloween Party
By Anne McKay Garris
At the Chapel-By-The-Sea Halloween party on Sunday afternoon, fierce pirate Joshua Mellon, (second from right) encountered this golden-haired Princess Ave Menke beneath the Limbo bar. His astonishment and delight was such that he came to a complete halt, leaving Princess Katie Cauthen and her skeleton escort, Daylon Trimble, stalled in line behind him, along with the rest of the party-goers attempting the Limbo. Celebration was in the air and there was much to do.
In the lavishly decorated fellowship hall of the church young revelers enjoyed the time-honored favorites of Musical Chairs and Ducks In The Pond. Everyone had their own miniature pumpkin to adorn with painted on faces, and the big hit of the evening was groping for small toys in the joyously icky depths of the infamous Gooey Grab. Chapel-By-The-Sea Director of Christian Education, Megan Mellon, reluctantly shared her recipe for this awful mess.
"It was a bowl full of cooked noodles," she reported, "coated with oil to make them slimy and filled with strange things, some of which were small erasers, games and other stuff for little fingers to discover. And the other bowl of Gooey Grab," she added, "was cooked rice, dyed dreadful brown and looking like goodness knows what."
With a costume parade and contest added, the party was rated a big success by both adults and children attending.
Overall first place in the costume contest went to the Muller Family, who came as characters from the Wizard of Oz. Hallie Muller was the Tin Woodman; Annie Muller, the Scarecrow; and Bryn Muller, Dorothy, of course. Even their grandmother, Teddi McCune, was disguised as the Wicked Witch of the West. Jennifer Muller as Glenda, and Jeff Muller as the Wizard of Oz completed the line-up.
Charming, and imaginative costumes made it difficult for the judges to choose among the variety of costumed characters who got this head start on Halloween at the Chapel-By-The-Sea on Sunday.
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