Cameron Middle School hosted its annual Halloween Haven Saturday night.
The free community event, started out as a part of "Make a Difference Day" at the middle school and continues to make a difference in many ways, said teacher Karen Dauer.
The Cameron Student Council led by Cameron sixth grade teacher Ashley Walecka and grade eight teacher Tiffany Greaney helped organize the day along with other teachers and staff at the school.
Cameron Physical Education teacher Dauer organizes games in the gym. Anne Mangini and Marilyn Harrington bake cookies for the cookie decorating activity. Cameron teachers, John Greeley (Haunted House), Carol Brennan (Haunted House), Liz McCullen (decorate the cookies), Marilyn Harrington (Craft room) put in their efforts in during the festive event.
New Cameron Principal Michelle Melick came dressed in a costume from the 50's.
In addition to all the staff mentioned, other Cameron teachers, parents, and alumnae students were present to make the event a success. Yet, the key factor and the true success of the event is the energy of Cameron students, in grades six, seven and eight, who come to the event to lead games in the gym and cafeteria, man the Haunted House, and help littler students frost a cookie, make a craft or give them a face painting.
The gym and cafeteria was a buzz with costumed children participating in bowling, ring toss, soccer kick, lacrosse accuracy throw, football throw though the tire, drop the clothes pin, mini-golf, hit the ghost, throw the frisbee, and more. There was a craft room with coloring and paper decorating. The Haunted House was dark and creepy!
More than a couple hundred people attended Saturday night.
"The Cameron students did a fabulous job leading the games and encouraging their guests to take part in activities,"said Dauer.
"Several volunteers who were notable: Cameron 6th grader Nick Crotty, in costume (a mime) manned the Frisbee Toss game and did the whole event while miming /without speaking a word to his 'customers,'" said Dauer.
"The middle school volunteers demonstrated energy and enthusiasm that was so exciting to witness. They brought out the smiles in the even the youngest attendees," concluded Dauer.