Fall Fest perks up eastside Community Center

Look – and see why families say they wait eagerly for this annual Halloween-themed party every year

Mt. Scott Community Center’s Larena Dawson welcomes guest Zaydn Starratt, along with organizer Jeanne Kraje, guests Kari and Benjamin Starratt, and Center Recreation Programmer Jennie Birt.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
As evening approached, costumed characters and creatures of all shapes, sizes, and descriptions made their way to the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Mt. Scott Community Center on Friday, October 25th, as its annual Halloween Carnival got underway.

“It’s so fun to have an event that brings out so many in the community,” said its host, and PP&R Recreation Coordinator, Jeanne Kraje – as she welcomed guests to the party.

“We keep the cost very low, so all of our families can enjoy it,” Kraje said. “Volunteers from local high schools come out and help us; and many other volunteers assist in putting on the party.”

Benson High student and volunteer bunny Christina Dinh helps little fairy princess Salem Snyder play a beanbag game.

Mommy Stacie Moenning holds her little mummy, Lucy Moenning at the festival.

This is perhaps their biggest-drawing attraction of the year, reported Kraje to East Portland News. “Typically at least 500 people attend. It’s a great mixture of young and old; it’s a true family event, featuring many games and prizes, and a huge indoor playground, complete with bounce houses and attractions.”

Of  benefit to the community center, Kraje added, “We see new people come into the community center at special events like these – people who don’t usually come here for activities or events. “It’s a good time family time.”

And so it was.

“Superbboy” Jasper Kaloi skillfully nets himself a ghost.

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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