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Kimball Junction Business Association will throw Second Annual Boo Bash

The Kimball Junction Business Association will host a Halloween party for young ghosts, ghouls, goblins, zombies and monsters and their families this weekend.

The Second Annual Boo Bash will be held at the Newpark Amphitheater from noon until 3 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 24, said Leah Kolb, president of the Kimball Junction Business Association.

"Last year’s event was great and there was a larger turnout than we anticipated," Kolb told The Park Record. "[We had] between 200 and 300 people show up and I think the weather contributed to that, because it was a gorgeous fall day. We’re hoping for great weather this year because we want to see those numbers increase."

This year’s event will feed off last year’s momentum and the association will add some more kids activities, including bowling and ring toss.

"We’re also planning to increase our number of prizes and pumpkins for decorating," Kolb said. "We did run out of the pumpkins early last year."

Returning fun activities will include pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pin-the-nose-on-the-jack-o-lantern, the bean-bag toss and donuts on a string.

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"Most of the activities are free, and we will provide the pumpkins for the decorating, but we do have a small charge for the pony rides and face painting," Kolb said.

The idea to host a Boo Bash stems from the Kimball Junction Business Association wanting to attract families to the area.

"We’re comprised of businesses out here in the Kimball Junction area and we want to get people out to the junction, so we thought hosting a fall event would do that during the shoulder season," Kolb said.

Like last year, the association is partnering with Basin Recreation’s Celebrates the Spirits run that will be held earlier.

"We will be a trick-or-treat stop for that event at the Newpark Amphitheater," Kolb said. "We’re hoping to spread the word to those kids and families who are running to come over to the Boo Bash afterwards. That’s what we did last year and it worked really well."

In addition to the hands-on activities, the Boo Bash will encourage families to go trick-or-treating at a number of its 42 businesses in the area.

"Members of our association will also be a trick-or-treat stop and we’ll provide maps that show where these participating businesses are located so families can stop and pick up candy," Kolb said. "This is a way to get businesses involved and people into the area."

The Kimball Junction Business Association was established in 2002 and ran for a while until it went dormant for a few years, Kolb said

"It started up again five years ago and has gained momentum," she said. "So, we’ve been pushing the past few years to get more members and make it a more dynamic program."

The Kimball Junction Business Association is hosting the Second Annual Boo Bash at Newpark Amphitheater on Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon until 3 p.m. This festival is a non-spooky event for the whole family. A variety of children’s activities will be available, with an assortment of prizes. Activities include pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, bean bag toss, pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern, trick-or-treating and more. Most activities are and costumes are encouraged. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1ZRS1Ec .