POULSBO — Alligators prowled the dark halls of Breidablik Elementary Halloween night. Aliens peered out of the shadows with unblinking eyes. Boba Fett, apparently freed for one evening from his bounty-hunting duties, roamed the classrooms in search of candy.
Trick or Treat Street in North Kitsap drew quite a crowd.
The event, which was put on by more than one school, allows kids a safe place to go, show off their costumes, and of course, pick up candy.
“We even brought our buddy Frankenstein with us,” said Kerry Stevens, who helped coordinate the event.
As he spoke, Stevens gestured toward the towering, inflatable Frankenstein which guarded the front hall of the school.
Apparently, this particular Frankenstein, which was created not in a dank scientist’s’ dungeon but purchased at Costco, was not too terrifying: small children posed at his feet for photographs.
As kids went from spooky classroom to spooky classroom, Halloween-themed music played — “The Monster Mash” being one favorite.
The halls were darkened, but only one prospect frightened the organizers: the possibility of running out of candy. They often ducked into a supply closet for more Tootsie Rolls or candy bars.
Stevens said the event, which has been held for several years, is fun for all ages.
“It’s a family-type event everyone can come to for the kids,” said Stevens. “They like it. For a lot of them, the school looks different in the dark than in the light.”
Stevens said the event was further bolstered by the support of crew members of the U.S.S. Kentucky, who assisted the event and even bought $100 worth of candy.
Kids did not have to be pupils at Breidablik Elementary to enjoy the event; several kids from other schools arrived in costume, as did more than one junior-high student.
Several high-school students helped with the event, handing out candy or making sure the pumpkins remained lighted with glowing green sticks.
As the children filed by, adults made note of their disguises, whether it be cowboy, lady bug, parrot, or ghost.
“There have been lots and lots of ingenious costumes,” said Stevens.
He was dressed as a green M&M, but also wore a black mask that could be pulled down over the eyes.
Stevens pulled down his mask and explained: “I’m super-M&M.”