Fright Night coming, planning underway

Sue Kraft, Lifestyles Editor
An unidentified girl collects treats from one of the booths at last year's Fright Night party. Area non-profit organizations are encouraged to join the fun this year — and pick up a little cash for their club while they do.

Looking for a way to raise money for your non-profit organization?

Want to have fun while you're doing it?

Then Eva Olson has just the plan for you.

Olson is one of the organizers of the annual “Fright Night” celebration, a Halloween-themed event held for children ages 12 and under. This year's event is slated for Oct. 29 at the Memorial Building in downtown Devils Lake. It will run from 5-9 p.m.

Last year more than 400 people attended the event.

“Anybody who sets up a booth can raise money for their organization,” she said.

She encourages groups to plan a game for the children. Tickets will be sold at the front door for $.25 each and can be used at any booth in the building. The participating organization can later trade in their tickets for the cash value.

The organization will be responsible for providing their own prizes, she added.

The admission fee charged at the door will be split between two local charities, which are still undetermined.

A food drive will also be held, Olson said.

Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry will receive $1 off the admission price.

“It's totally non-profit,” Olson said of the event. “All of it goes to a good cause.”

Olson said there will also be a couple of free activities, including the ever-popular “bounce house.”

“It's something for the kids to do, it's indoors and family-based,” she said.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume, but it isn't necessary.

“If you don't have a costume, come anyway!” Olson said.

Last year was the first year the event was held in Devils Lake and Olson said around 15 booths were on hand. This year, she would like to see that number grow.

“We have the Armory and Memorial Building booked  — and we can use the hallways,” she said. “We are hoping to have a big turnout.”

Olson said after last year's event she heard comments from parents about how nice it was to have this fun evening with their children.

“There was kind of a buzz around town,” she said. “Everybody was thrilled that we held this.”

There is no charge to set up a booth at the Second Annual Fright Night. For more information, contact Olson at 662-3910.