Last year, Emily Erangan dressed as a witch while helping family friend, Bernice Qunito, left, and her own daughter, and made pumpkin and spider faces during the annual Family Fun Night and community Halloween party at the Servus Sports Centre. Expect more of the same at this event on Oct. 31. FILE PHOTO
Gerald Gagnon is this year’s Minister of Halloween fun in Lloydminster.
The Rotary Club of Lloydminster member is the official committee chair of the 4th annual Family Fun Night on Oct. 31 at the Servus Sports Centre with free admission.
The Lloydminster Servus Sports Centre will be turned into a funhouse that night from 5 to 9 p.m. with more than 1,000 kids in costumes and parents expected to attend.
“It’s just like a beehive of activity, and the kids are just going like crazy; it’s a lot of fun,” said Gagnon, who soaked it all in last year.
Richard Young, a fellow Rotarian and owner of Y’s Marketing, is responsible for the set up that includes slides, sticky walls and inflatable soccer balls among the kid-friendly inflatables.
Fun night will also include everything from an obstacle course and bounce castles, to games and crafts and of course, Halloween treats.
“There’s candy bags, there’s drinks and snacks, popcorn and candy floss,” said Gagnon in his first year of chairing the event and the drive for business sponsorships.
Gagnon made his first pitch to businesses to jump onboard as a gold, silver or bronze sponsor during last week’s Rotary luncheon.
“Some of them are doing gifts in-kind,” said Gagnon, as a way of showing support.
“One of the dental offices is giving out toothbrushes and dental floss.”
Gagnon said the fundraising is in keeping with Rotary’s original goal to break even and provide a safe supervised place for the children.
“The whole thing is to get the kids off the street in a warm environment where there’s more than just trick or treating,” he said.
Gagnon is also on the hunt for an army of event volunteers with an estimated 96 man hours to fill.
“I feel if we can get 45 volunteers to do two shifts, we would have that covered,” he said.
He hopes to have all that covered before he takes off for Las Vegas to attend the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show, as the owner of City Centre Auto Body shops in Lloydminster.
SEMA starts on Halloween, but Gagnon joked if he could attend Fun Night this year, he would come dressed up as a Rotarian to help show what Rotary does in the community.
“It’s kind of a way that Rotary can show our presence in the public,” he said.
“It’s a good networking opportunity for Rotarians also.”