Monster Ball ushers in Halloween with costume contest
By Laura Latzko
Dressing up for Halloween is always fun but heading out as a family makes more of a statement.
They can do just that during one of Anthem’s signature events, Monster Ball, on Friday, October 25, at the Community Center.
The annual Halloween event often draws capacity crowds, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Attendance almost doubled from 2017 to 2018.
Kristi Northcutt, director of communications and public affairs for the Anthem Community Council, says the event gives families a chance to spend time together around Halloween. Monster Ball also gives kids the chance to wear their Halloween costumes more than once.
“You can tell with some costumes that people have put a lot of work into them,” Northcutt says. “Because we do it before Halloween, it gives kids a test run of their costumes and it gives parents a chance to tweak it if they need to.”
Families often get creative with their costumes, especially when coming up with coordinating looks.
“The best part of it is seeing whole families come dressed up. You’ll see the entire Addams Family, the entire ‘Incredibles’ family or the entire cast of ‘The Avengers.’ People get so excited and come as a whole cast,” Northcutt says.
The Halloween party will host costume contests in different categories for individuals and groups. In the past, winners have donned “Transformers-,” “The Addams Family-” and “Star Wars”-themed costumes.
Halloween-themed activities such as pirate hook and witch’s hat ring tosses, pumpkin bowling, eyeball and spider tosses, skeleton archery and a pumpkin plate match game will be part of the festivities.
The event will also have interactive games such as cornhole, golf, Jenga, duck fishing and beanbag bucket toss, along with a photo booth, a maze, a tattoo station, pizza and snacks.
Children will have a chance to start their trick-or-treating early by collecting candy around the center.
Each year, the community center staff plans and puts on the event, with help of Anthem Community Council employees.
Northcutt says the staff members often get into the spirit.
“They’re dressed up too, and they’re manning the games, and they are taking photos,” she says. “This is a chance for them to show off the building itself and everything they do as a staff.”
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