Carnival Ventures Into the Haunted Wild West


Everyone from newborns to great-grandparents is invited to El Morro Elementary School’s annual Halloween carnival – the Boo Blast – on Friday, Oct. 29, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You don’t have to attend El Morro to have fun at Boo Blast.

Sponsored by El Morro’s PTA, the Boo Blast is the largest fundraiser for the school each year. Thousands of volunteer hours go into creating the biggest Halloween celebration in Laguna Beach, and Boo Blast 2010 promises a fun, yet creepy, time for all.

“Last year’s Boo Blast had over 1,100 attendees and raised $29,000 for the school,” said Bolette Albertsen, this year’s chairwoman.  “With the support of the community and our sponsors, we’re aiming to surpass that. So many parents and community members volunteer for this event; it really does take a village to create an event of this size.”

Rides, carnival games with great prizes, a bake sale, pizza, fresh kettle corn, dessert crepes, home-made chili and a bar-b-que by The Meat House will make the Boo Blast a treat for all your senses.

Costumed participants are encouraged, including entry in the costume contest, though scary get-ups are discouraged as the event is is geared to elementary school kids and younger! Dance your way around the Cake Walk and win a sweet treat.

There will also be a rock climbing wall and giant fire engine and mega slides to keep everyone moving.

Ghoulish sheriffs will roam the carnival, ready to lock up friends and foes in the Boo Blast’s haunted Wild West Jail.

New for 2010 are Sawdust Festival icons Star Shields doing face paining and temporary tattoos and April the Balloon Diva making whimsical treats. The new Craft Shack will let little ones use their Halloween creativity to create boo-tiful keepsakes.

Halloween jewelry and accessories along with this year’s Boo Blast T-shirt, featuring winning art by El Morro student Jade Nicoletti and courtesy of Volcom, will be available for sale.

Each class at El Morro has put together gift baskets for the silent auction. Items include massages at the Spa at Pelican Hill, a round of golf at the Newport Beach Country Club, a Brazilian Blow Out and a Scooter’s Jungle party. All money raised goes to the PTA.

Shuttles are available from Crystal Cove State Park in Reef Point, opposite Trader Joe’s, where parking is free. More trolleys and buses have been secured to reduce wait times.

Boo Blast admission is free. Tickets are $1; rides and attractions are 1 – 4 tickets each.  Meal tickets are $8 and include the Bar-b-que, chips and a drink. Advance ticket and meals can be purchased on prior to the event.

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