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Planning is under way for community Halloween party on Oct. 29

Hey kids, it is time to start looking for that favorite costume. And parents - you are welcome to wear yours, too, when the annual community Halloween party is held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Hastings High School commons area, 200 General Sieben Drive. Those attending are asked to bring nonperishable food items or cash donations for the food shelf at Hastings Family Service.

Hastings Youth First, Hastings Parks and Recreation, Community Education and the Hastings YMCA sponsor the party.

The party is held two days before the tradition holiday for several reasons, said Youth First Coordinator Ann Grotjohn.

"We used to hold the party on Halloween, but this event is about building assets, one of which is getting to know your neighbors and other adults," she said. "This is another way to do that."

Children have another opportunity to wear their costumes when they go trick-and-treating in their neighborhoods, she said.

This is the third year the party will be held at the high school, the largest venue for a party this size. More than 1,100 people attended last year's party.

"This is a good, family-friendly event," said Grotjohn. "We encourage families to come together. It is a good opportunity to get to know each other in a positive way."

The party is recommended for children 12 and younger and their families. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes, and prizes are presented for the best ones.

The party includes games and food. Last year, the haunted hallway was introduced and will be back.

Volunteer help is needed the day of the party, and the evening of the party. Anyone interested is asked to contact Grotjohn at 651-480-6182 or at

Donations are welcomed and appreciated. Checks should be made out to Hastings Youth First and can be dropped off at the YMCA, 85 Pleasant Drive, or the Parks and recreation office, 920 W. 10th St.