By Heidi Zemach for SCN
A little baby with a beautiful tail of peacock features attached to his bottom rolled around on the floor in a brief temper tantrum. He was one of a number of cute, dressed-up young ‘uns who, by eight or eight thirty, were worn out by all the excitement, and ready for bed. Seward’s annual Halloween carnival at the Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Intermodal Terminal was still going strong, however, and the parking lot was jam packed all the way to the gravel pile throughout the night.
The carnival, as always, is a safe place for people of all ages to socialize, get into the Halloween spirit, and inhabit their characters, while school classes, sports teams, and other youth groups such as Girl Scouts can raise funds that they will need for travel, activities or purchases. The Seward-El Kindergartners had already trick-or-treated together at Seward Mountain Haven, the long-term care facility that afternoon, and teenagers were planning to leave and trick-or-treat at parts of town that generally get into the holiday, such as Dora Way.
This year the carnival had a couple of new events, including a Native Youth Olympics (NYO) booth by Qutekcak Native Tribe, where young people demonstrated the one-foot high kick: a fortune teller booth by the Seward High choir, which has been actively fundraising for a spring performing trip to Hawaii; and a cake walk. The top prize for that was a spectacularly rich cake by Judy Odhner.
A family dressed as Wizard of Oz characters, a tall goolish stilt-walker, Darth Vander, dashing pirate, Spanish tango dancer, Wild West cowboys, and a lady wearing with underpants on her head after the popular kids’ book “Captain Underpants” wandered about. Folks also enjoyed sampling the pies, visiting the balloon booth, rubber chicken toss, dunk tank, Girl Scout’s fishing booth, and throw the ping pong ball into the fish bowl booth.
Organizers from the City’s Parks and Recreation Department made sure that each booth offered different items so that they wouldn’t compete for dollars.
The Railroad Terminal, Alaska’s largest one, and also the largest space available in Seward, is donated for a variety of community events throughout the year. Most recently it was used for the Music and Arts Festival. Next, it will be used for the Holiday Crafts Fair.