By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, MN For terror-ific treats and ghoulish games, children of all ages are encouraged to attend a Halloween party at the Howard Lake Lions hall teen center Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The teen center (located on the upper level of the old Walker United Methodist Church building) will stay open until 9:30 p.m. for anyone who wishes to stay longer, event organizer Cathy Rufer said.
“Every child attending gets a treat bag, pizza, and pop or juice for coming,” Rufer noted.
This is Rufer’s fifth year doing the Halloween party in conjunction with “Sight Night,” a program that recycles used or broken eyeglasses and hearing aids.
“The Lions have worked out a deal with Lens Crafters to repair the glasses, and they will be reused and given to those who need them,” Rufer stated.
Partygoers are encouraged to bring a pair of glasses or a hearing aid to donate.
There is no cost to attend the event, however, and a donation is not necessary.
For those who can afford it, there will be a place to leave a free-will offering, which helps cover the cost of the party.
The Halloween party has activities for children ages 0 to 16, and there will be plenty of food, prizes, and treat bags available.
“Usually, parents bring their children, and we play games like ring toss, cookie walk, drop the clothespin, guess the weight of the pumpkin, help tell a spooky story, and more,” Rufer noted.
Participants earn tickets and can purchase prizes with their tickets.
The Howard Lake Lions and the Howard Lake Business Association host the Halloween party each year, and there are typically 50 to 75 children in attendance, Rufer said.
“We hope to have another great, successful party,” she said.
Rufer said she enjoys organizing the Halloween party because it brings light to the “Sight Night” project.
“It is a program that I am passionate about,” she said. As a Lions Club member, Rufer also volunteers to help students with homework and teaches people to read.
“I believe that being able to read is one of the most important assets we have in order to achieve or be successful in life,” she noted. “As a member of the Howard Lake Lions, I can make each day great by making it better for someone else.”
People who’d like to donate to the “Sight Night” project who aren’t able to attend the Halloween party can drop off glasses and hearing aids year round at several locations, including the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted community education office, Security State Bank in Howard Lake, and the Howard Lake City Hall.
Additional collection pumpkins are located in Howard Lake at the American Legion, Sunni’s Grille, Howard Lake Drug, and the Pit Stop. In Waverly, people can drop off donations at Mark’s Service or Pete’s Grocery. Glenn’s SuperValu in Winsted also has a collection spot.
In the past five years, the Lions Club in Howard Lake has collected more than 2,000 pairs of glasses, along with several hearing aids, Rufer said.
For more information about the Howard Lake Lions Halloween party, contact Rufer at (763) 218-7870.