The search is over for families looking for a new way to get in the Halloween spirit. This year’s second annual Halloween Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tuck Field in Hampton.
After a wildly successful first year, the two organizations that host the event — the Hampton PTA and Hampton’s Parks and Recreation Department — decided Round 2 was a must.
“It kind of blew our minds, not knowing what to expect, it being our first year. We were beyond impressed with the turnout and the support and the outcome that we had,” said Hampton PTA coordinator Jessica Svirsky.
Using last year’s fest as reference, the PTA has got the fun and games portion of the event down to a science. Svirsky said they’ve whittled down the number of activities to around 20, taking into account what was popular last year. The lineup includes face painting, pumpkin painting, spooky — and silly — storytelling, a photo booth, a haunted house and prizes. Guests who complete all 20 games and activities will take home a bag of trinkets filled with donated goodies from various sponsors and local businesses.
“[Local businesses] do an amazing job in sponsoring this event,” Svirsky said. “We do this event with 100 percent sponsorships. We [Hampton PTA and Hampton Parks and Recreation] just do the work of actually putting it on.”
Attendees can also enter the costume contest, which will be judged by this year’s Miss Seabrook and Little Miss Seabrook, or partake in an instructional lesson on how to do the “Thriller” dance, taught by local eighth-graders.
If last year’s numbers are any indication, partygoers can expect a full turnout. In 2018, the bash pulled a crowd of nearly 2,000, Svirsky said. She credits its popularity to the fact that the event is both free and family-friendly, and a great way to get the community together in a way that she says might not be so common anymore.
“Back in the day we used to have these types of events where your community came together and you were outside and the kids were running around and it’s just a simple fun,” she said. “[Now] it’s amazing to see how much they come and support us. … I like the excitement. Everybody’s having a great time. Like last year, I don’t think we got one complaint. That’s awesome.”
The party is open to all ages. Admission is free.
— Elyse Carmosino