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Pumpkins leave the patch for the playground

Pumpkins leave the patch for the playground

Trick or Treating with the kids may end on Oct. 31 but the fun continues for adults on Saturday, Nov. 2 with a Nightmare on Pine Street in Exeter.

Presented by the Optimist Club of Exeter, the inaugural Nightmare On Pine Street is a costume contest and dance, raffle, photo booth and no-host bar from 7-11 p.m. at 360 E. Pine St. in Exeter. Grand Prize raffle items include a two-day escape to Palm Springs and horror movie memorabilia signed by zombie genre genius George Romero, director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and The Crazies. It’ll be an Affair to Dismember, but you can always visit the photo booth for a chance to capture the moment. You must be 21 years old to attend.

“This is a great event to have some fun and raise money for a good cause,” said Gene Lytle, event chair for the Optimist Club of Exeter.

Going through life without support can be scary, and without having an education, many continuation high school students will find job hunting in today’s economy to be a nightmare! That’s why the Optimist Club of Exeter is holding this Halloween themed event to raise scholarship funds for these students in desperate need of support.

“Many continuation high school students have to overcome frightening obstacles just to get to school,” said Diane Guinn, president of the Optimist Club of Exeter. “Some of them come from broken homes, have to deal with gang violence and drugs, and in some cases, are completely on their own trying to balance work, school and life. We want to help them continue their education and find their way out of the woods and into a better life.”

All of the proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships for students at Kaweah High School in Exeter and Deep Creek Academy in Farmersville. The Optimist Club awarded more than $6,000 in scholarships for KHS and DCA students last year. Students used the funds to attend culinary school, beauty college, community college and may use them for truck driving schools, tools for an apprenticeship or some other type of vocational education or skills training.

So come as you aren’t and scare up some scholarships for local students. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple. Tickets are available online at www.optimistsofexeter.org or by calling Gene Lytle at 559-594-9444 or Reggie Ellis at 559-909-2996. There will be food, dancing, a costume contest, raffle, $10 photo booth and a no host bar.

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