Thursday, October 3, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., October 25, 2013
Camp Fear brings spooky family fun to Rowlett October 25
ROWLETT The Rowlett Parks and Recreation Department is bringing an old event, Camp Fear, out of the catacombs to reach out to families and older children on Friday, October 25. Camp Fear was last held in 2009, after which the city decided to try something different and created the Boo Bash, held every year since 2010.
"It's been five years so we decided it was time to do [Camp Fear]," said Adam Richter, special events coordinator for the city of Rowlett. "We have had a couple of people who continued to ask about it. We have already had some e-mails from people thanking us for bringing it back."
Richter said the parks and recreation department wanted to do something this year to reach out to the older children in the community while still providing an event for the whole family.
"Younger children are welcome to attend as well as long as it's OK with the parents. We want to continue to do things to meet the needs of the older kids within the community. This event will be a little scarier than Boo Bash so they can have fun," Richter said.
As part of the event, the parks and recreation department will offer spooky storytelling, s'mores, a haunted hayride, tent-to-tent trick-or-treating, a costume parade, family games and a showing of the movie Ghostbusters.
"This will be a fun, family-oriented Halloween event that will keep everyone on the edge of their seats," Richter said. "Families can come and make lasting memories."
The spooky storytelling will be led by Tim Couch.
"He's really good at telling stories," Richter said.
There will also be a tent-decorating contest and a scream contest.
Camp Fear will begin at 5 p.m. October 25 and run until 11:30 a.m. October 26. The cost to attend the event is $68 for the entire family and includes dinner, breakfast, a keepsake photo and participation in all events. Families are encouraged to bring their own snacks. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at the event.
Richter said the plan right now is to alternate the two events each year.
- Sleeping bags
- Air mattress
- Warm blankets
- Tent lantern (battery-operated)
- Insect repellent
- Camping chairs
- Change of clothes
- Water bottles
- Marshmallow skewers
- Candy to hand out for tent trick-or-treating
- Decorations for the tent decorating contest
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