Yampa A school gymnasium will host a cast of characters tonight, and those who play the part have a chance to win some prizes.
Young and old alike who show up in costume to the ninth annual Halloween Carnival at South Routt Elementary can compete in one of several costume categories.
But those who just show up to the carnival, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m., can still be assured of a good time.
The carnival, sponsored by the Friends of Soroco Parent-Teacher Organization, is a great asset to the communities of Oak Creek, Yampa and Phippsburg, South Routt Superintendent Steve Jones said.
"It gives us a nice alternative for kids and families who want something different from Halloween night," Jones said.
The carnival also raises funds for the elementary, middle and high schools in the district, he added.
"It benefits both the community and the schools," Jones said.
PTO President Dina Murray said she anticipates another strong show of support from the community.
Parents, teachers and community members pitch in every year to make the carnival successful, Murray said.
The district sends out fliers advertising the event, and volunteers set up booths and decorate the gym Friday night and Saturday afternoon, she added.
Admission is free, but all games cost 25 cents.
Win or lose, all children get candy and small toys for every game they play.
Murray said the PTO purchased plenty of prizes and sweets, so supplies shouldn't run low.
"Everything is really affordable," she said. "Everyone is welcome."
Carnival-goers can enjoy a haunted house, cakewalk and pumpkin-carving contest in addition to the costume contest, she added.
Those who lose their appetite for sweets can purchase hot dogs and chili at the concession booth.
The carnival provides parents with a guarantee that their children have the opportunity to enjoy Halloween festivities, she said, in case inclement weather prevents them from trick-or-treating Wednesday.
"The weather can surprise you, and you might not want to send your kids out into the cold," Murray said. "This way, you don't feel like you didn't do anything."
While the carnival does raise funds for the school district, it is more of an opportunity to give back to the community, said Phyllis Watwood, a member of the carnival committee.
"We don't make as much on this as with other fund-raisers, but we don't mind it because we get to give families a chance to enjoy something together," Watwood said.
Children and parents fill the gymnasium every year because the carnival provides adults a chance to enjoy each other while knowing that their children are safe and having a good time, she said.
"It's quite a social event for South Routt," she said.