Halloween celebration in Mansfield

Mansfield seventh-graders Alysha McGraw, Alexa Garcia, Brielle Farrington and Trevor Moore set up booths for the Mansfield School’s harvest carnival. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)


By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Tara Tupling picks the winning ticket for the cake walk at the Mansfield Community Church harvest festival. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Mansfield children and adults got their money’s worth for their costumes this Halloween.

Even though traditional Halloween trick-or-treating didn’t take place until Tuesday night, there were events on Oct. 28 that provided family fun. Mansfield Community Church hosted a harvest festival, and a harvest carnival was held at Mansfield School.

“It gives the kids something safe to do, and it’s fun, warm and dry,” parent Thera Moore said.

The church hosted a harvest-themed Halloween celebration featuring games and prizes — for kids of all ages — in the church basement. Popular activities included a cakewalk with many baked items; games such as pumpkin tic-tac-toe, Plinko and fishing hole; cookie decorating; a hoop shoot; football throw; and photo opportunities with Peanuts characters.

Snacks and beverages were also provided.

Bridgette Wall and daughters Briella, Briclynn and Brinlee Wall pose for a photo with a Halloween-themed Peanuts background at the Mansfield Community Church harvest festival. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Tara Tupling, a co-organizer of the event, dressed as a scarecrow. “We organized our church harvest festival as a fun event for young families and friends in our community. We are also sponsoring a food drive for our local food bank,” she said.

Jeanette Cavadini, dressed as Rosie the Riveter, helped coordinate the activities. “Organizing this event was fun because we get to see the young parents and their children getting together… and hearing all the laughter. It’s a lot of fun for us,” she said.

Poesiadon Bounds and his mother Tara also participated. Bounds declared, “I had a really good time, especially decorating the cookies.”

“We enjoy putting on these yearly events. It gives the kids and their parents a good time together,” said church Pastor LeRoy Harshaw. “Seeing everyone enjoying all the games, prizes and activities makes it even better. I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who organized this event.”

As daylight turned to dusk, the school sponsored a fundraising harvest carnival. Grades 7-12 set up games such as bingo, darts, bean bag toss, musical chairs, bowling, fishing hole, a pie throw and Redneck golf.

Skeletons greet trick-or-treaters at the home of Jim and Diana Mickelson on Halloween. (Provided photo/Diana Mickelson)

Seventh grade organizer Trevor Moore said, “It was a great experience to help organize this event. Raising money for our senior trip is for a good cause.”

Proceeds went towards classroom needs and field trips, as well as the senior trip for the Class of 2023. Donations to the school are always welcome.

Senior Class Adviser Ric Bayless served chili over corn chips and cold drinks at the concession stand.

“We’re selling concessions to raise money for the senior class trip, and to help pay for the graduation ceremony,” said Bayless. “I enjoy this annual event for the community and watching everyone have a good time. It’s a great way for us to support our school projects and events.”

“Harvest carnival is a great event for the school and our community, because it brings us together as a family sharing a fun time together,” said teacher Cathy Massee.

On Halloween night, the young ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes took to the streets of town to trick-or-treat for sweets.

Jim and Diana Mickelson decked out their yard with a blue dragon and two well-dressed skeletons that told jokes to trick-or-treaters.

Diana Mickelson said, “We love to decorate for anything that the kids like, after all our years of teaching. We try to keep Halloween decorations fun and not gory. Even our well-dressed skeletons like to tell jokes.”