by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Mommy Stacie Moenning holds her little mummy, Lucy Moenning, at the festival. As evening approached on Friday, October 25th, costumed characters and creatures of all shapes, sizes, and descriptions made their way to PP&R’s Mt. Scott Community Center, at S.E. 72nd and Harold Street. Its annual Hallowe’en Carnival was getting underway!

“It’s so fun to have an event that brings out so many in the community,” smiled its host, and Portland Parks’ Recreation Coordinator, Jeanne Kraje – as she welcomed guests to the party.

“We keep the cost very low, so all of our families can enjoy it,” Kraje said. “Volunteers from local high schools come out and help us, and many other volunteers assist in putting on the party.”

This is perhaps the biggest-drawing attraction of the year at the Center, reported Kraje. “Typically, at least 500 people attend. It’s a great mixture of young and old; it’s a true family event, featuring many games and prizes, and a huge indoor playground, complete with bounce houses and attractions.”

Of benefit to the Community Center, Kraje added: “We see new people come in to the Center at special events like these – people who don’t usually come here for activities or events. It’s a good family time.”

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