The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

October 18, 2012

YMCA Halloween Party is Friday

By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Orleans County YMCA’s home at the Medina Armory can be a little spooky at times, none more so than when the Y hosts their annual Halloween Party.

The YMCA, 306 Pearl St., will provide an evening of festivities for children of all ages from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Orleans County YMCA Executive Director Jeff Winters said new additions to popular parts of the party are in store for the more than 300 children expected to come out to the event.

“We’re going all out for the event,” Winters said. “There’s big changes.”

The evening promises a flourish of fun activities, with costume contests, and inflatable obstacle course and games like the Wheel of Horror and Fear Factor. The last two will bring on some messy challenges that have some tricks and plenty of treats.

The haunted house in the armory’s basement includes new rooms dedicated to ghoulish themes, although the darkened hallways may be enough to spook. “It’s pretty creepy as is,” Winters said.

In the past two years, the event has drawn in more than 600 children for games and competitions. Winters said the team of volunteers from the Y and the community are preparing for another big crowd.

“(The haunted house) was a big hit,” Winters said. “We have a line throughout the gym and people were going through it multiple times. We underestimated it last year.”

The party is free for YMCA members and $1 for non-members.

“It’s a big community event,” Winters said. “It takes a lot of time and effort for our volunteers, but it’s good for us and the community.”

All of the party’s events, aside from the haunted house, are designed for children of all ages. The haunted house is set for kids aged 10 and up or accompanied by a parent.

“We show the kids a good time,” Winters said.