2017’s Boo Bash a big hit with kids and parents alike

By Brandon Gustafson | Nov 01, 2017
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Windows decorated with scary signs and cobwebs throughout the large Elliott room at Rosehill.

Ghosts, pirates, cowboys and many other heroes ventured to Rosehill Community Center Sunday, Oct. 29, in search of one special commodity.

What was that commodity?

Candy, of course!

Rosehill Community Center held its 7th annual Boo Bash where children and parents played dress-up a few days before Halloween and played games and did arts and crafts and, of course, earn some candy a few days before trick-or-treating.

Max Gabbert, a customer service clerk at Rosehill, said the event couldn’t operate without the help of volunteers.

“It’s a good mix of people who have volunteered with us in the past, and the majority of them are from local schools, clubs and organizations,” Gabbert said. “We had a few dozen volunteers today, and I saw quite a few familiar faces.”

Gabbert, who has worked at Rosehill for about four years, said the Boo Bash has steadily grown each year that he has worked there and that it’s an event that takes quite a bit of preparing.

“We usually take three or four months in planning things like vendors and who all are going to show up,” he said. “We also have to designate individual spaces for the different groups. We started physically setting it up yesterday afternoon, so it took about a day to get it ready, but this has been in the works for a few months.”

There was no shortage of activities for children and their parents to do at the Boo Bash.

Young candy-seekers were able to decorate pumpkins and get their faces painted in the room ran by the Mukilteo YMCA and Stellar Kids Dentistry.

Other activities included a haunted house hosted by Taekwondo Way, which also had a booth where children could practice their kicking strength with one of the instructors. It was a popular booth for the children, and they enjoyed watching Sheriff Woody from Toy Story kicking the pad held by the instructor.

If you ventured further down the cobweb-coated hallways past the yellow caution tape, you could even check out the “Blood and Guts Exhibit” sponsored by the Pacific Science Center.

Kids and parents teamed up to answer trivia questions about the human body, such as how many times a person blinks in a minute, as well as examine a human skeleton, look at x-rays, and even examine animal brains such as that of a rabbit.

Overheard were two siblings asking their parents whether the brains were real. When they answered “yes” one brother said, “That’s awesome,” while the other faked a gag and said that it was one of the grossest things he’d ever seen.

The large “Elliot Room” had a wide array of games for the children to play and try to earn candy, such as ring toss, throwing rubber balls into cups, and throwing bean bags through the holes of a giant Jack-o’-lantern.

The event wasn’t just a place for kids to get extra candy before Halloween; it also served as a food and blood drive.

“Overall, we had 807 pounds of food donated that will be going to local food banks,” Kristen Costello, the recreation planner at Rosehill, said. “We also had 12 people participate in the blood drive, which was awesome.”

Looking forward

Costello said Rosehill has two large events coming up before the end of 2017, such as the Sock Hop on Nov. 17 and the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 2.

“For the Sock Hop, we’re going to convert Rosehill into a 1950s gym, and we’ll have a lot of music and dance lessons also.”

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing will be donating a keg, Costello said. Some other sponsors of the event include Whidbey Coffee and Blu Burger.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a little farther off, but Costello said it’s a great event that happens every year in Mukilteo, and she hopes to have another good turnout.


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