Art and costume contests, games and a spooky room were among the attractions Friday for the annual Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department Spooktacular on the lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

Art and costume contests, games and a spooky room were among the attractions Friday for the annual Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department Spooktacular on the lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

“We’ve got more in attendance than last year,” said Sara Mitchell, department recreation superintendent. “We stuffed 200 goodie bags, gave them all out, and now we’re stuffing more.”
Preceding the spooktacular was a “Trunk or Treat” event conducted by the Pittsburg State University Public Relations and Advertising Club.

“Our members wanted to do something for Halloween, and we decided to do a trunk or treat, like churches do,” said Kirsten Burke-Fontaine, club president. “We gave out toys and candy, and had a few games. We had a lot more people than we expected, and it was a success. Sara has invited us to come back next year.”

Mitchell said that another new thing was fortune teller in the spooky room.

“It’s a not-so-spooky room,” she said.

There was some difference of opinion on that.

“The spook house was a little scary,” said Ashley Coomes, Girard, who came with her husband, Chris Coomes, and children Matthew, 1, and Isabella, 2.

She said that Matthew, dressed as a shark, didn’t want to do anything in the spooky room.

“Isabella stuck her hand in one thing, and didn’t want to stick her hand in any more,” Coomes said.
The costume contest was a win-win situation for Jay Ward’s family.

“My son, Channing Massey, won for scariest costume in the 7 and older category,” Ward said. “He was dressed as the headless horseman. My other both, Landen Ward, who was an old man gangster, won for most original costume in the 4 to 6-year category.”

Also coming along was Ward’s granddaughter, Alexa Salas, dressed as a fairy princess.

“We’ve done trunk or treat before, but this was our first spooktacular and it seems like they did a really nice job,” he said. “We’ll definitely come next year. We try to take the children to all the community activities, and we really appreciate it when the community does things for the kids.”

The evening ended with a show presented by Jay Temaat, nationally known teen magician.