Thursday’s spooky holiday didn’t get any scarier than the small tots running around in their firefighter suits, butterfly wings, rock star outfits and superhero capes all over Kingston and Indianola.
In the Kingston Community Center Fun House, sponsored by the Kingston Kiwanis and members of the Kingston Junior High Builder’s Club, the children of the region were in for a bouncy treat.
After being greeted by Pooh Bear (Kiwanis member Pete DeBoer) and a bright blue clown (Dave Muller, president of Kiwanis), kids jumped on the bales of hay to get their pictures taken before heading for the maze.
The hand-crafted cardboard labyrinth, complete with blacklights, had kids of all ages scrambling through only to come out at the other end to find several firefighters from North Kitsap Fire & Rescue manning the “Bounce House.”
While the crews helped kids climb in and out of the inflated red “fire station,” other children scampered around, trying their hand at the bean bag toss and “fishing” for prizes.
Young Tessa Johnson thought the firefighters were pretty nifty and dressed as one for the holiday, with two soda bottles attached on the back of her black and neon yellow-stripped firefighter’s jacket as her “air pack.”
“You really put an impression on the kids,” Carina Johnson, Tessa’s mother, told NKF&R spokeswoman Michele LaBoda at the fun house.
Down the road at the Indianola Clubhouse, the Halloween crowd was a bit younger.
While the parents stood around conversing in their medieval costumes and various insect outfits, the youngest kid of the bunch ran through the “Tunnel of Terror” — a long, handcrafted structure, decorated with cobwebs and a strobe light.
Alice Rose Jewel, who had long lost her butterfly costume, couldn’t get enough of the tunnel and ran through it, zipped back around to the beginning and ran through it again, as did a majority of most kids.
“Last year, she went through it about 25 times,” said her dad, John Jewel.
Right before heading out for the night, a group of young guys and their moms were stopped for an update on the best costumes they had seen that night.
“I like that one with the guy with the disintegrating stomach,” said Henry Atherton, dressed in all black.
But poor Cody and Kelton Jenkins were mistaken identities — they were supposed to be the Blues Brothers.
“But everyone thinks they are the Men In Black!” their mother exclaimed.
“If we see Barney, we’ll run,” added Austin Overton, dressed in camouflage.
But Atherton, in his opinion, explained the biggest thing he feared seeing.
“The scariest costume in the world? A Republican.”