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Family Halloween Carnival Features Parade, Games

Oct 27, 2016 07:52PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Looking for some not-so-scary family fun? The Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Family Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 29 at Manhattan Heights Park.

The carnival will kick off at noon with a parade and costume contest. The divisions include individual, 5 and under, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12, siblings, and parent and child; with prizes awarded for Most Original, Scariest, and Judges' Choice.

Following the parade, families can enjoy food and game booths, bounce houses, face painting, and a spooky (but age-appropriate) haunted house. All game booths are constructed by children in the After School REC Program and the haunted house is constructed and staffed by the Teen Center staff and their teens.

One of the most unique attractions for the day is the "3000 Pushup Challenge," which invites participants to do pushups to reach or surpass a community-wide total of 3,000 for the day. The challenge fits in with the Parks and Recreation Department's mission to promote health and wellness in the community.

Entry to the festival is free, but the games, food, and attractions cost a nominal fee (most under $2.00), with a ticket system for all purchases.

Parents should note that the event is designed for children ages 2 to 13. Children under the age of 5 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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