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Younger kids can enjoy a friendly, fun Halloween celebration when Campus Kindergarten holds its Kindy Spooktacular from 3-6pm on Sunday 30 October.
Located in a leafy part of the University of Queensland at St Lucia, Campus Kindy is inviting kids and their families to put on their Halloween costumes and enjoy a Halloween carnival that will thrill but not chill your children.
Kindy Spooktacular is aimed mainly at kids aged 3 to 5 years, so there won't be any scary decorations or activities. But there will be heaps of fun, goodies, and games, all with a Halloween theme.
Highlights will include a jumping castle and straw maze, and games that give your child the chance to bowl over a 'monster', toss a beanbag into a pumpkin, and more. Each ticketed child will have the chance to earn small rewards to fill up a goody bag. There'll also be craft and colouring-in stations for kids who'd like to create a Halloween souvenir to take home. Older siblings and family members are welcome to attend.
Unlike many Halloween celebrations, Kindy Spooktacular does not focus on sugary lollies or mass-produced junk. Goody-bag rewards are small and healthy, and there'll be good food on sale to keep your little ones well-fed (starting at $2 for a sausage). You're also welcome to bring your own food and drink, but Campus Kindy asks you to try to minimise packaging etc to help keep the event 'green and clean'.
The Spooktacular is a major fundraiser for the kindy, which runs a wonderful, innovative program for the children who go there. The event is made possible by student volunteers from UQ's Women's College, who staff the stalls and activities. It's a great way to celebrate Halloween in a community setting, without all the trappings of consumerism.
There are 200 tickets on sale for the Kindy Spooktacular. They cost $12 for children aged 2 to 10 years if you buy tickets before the day, or $15 on the gate (if there any tickets left on the day). Adults, children under 2 and children over 10 are all free.