The annual Miramar Ranch Elementary School Halloween Carnival will be held at the school on Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MRE hosts 46th annual Halloween Carnival
A spooktacular event is around the corner at Miramar Ranch Elementary School.
The 46th annual Halloween Carnival will be hosted at the school on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. This year’s carnival, open with free admission to the public, will boast carnival games, a bake sale, food trucks, laser tag and dodge ball arenas, a pumpkin patch and a used book sale.
Leanne Steichen, chair of the Halloween Carnival, said the carnival will host a new competition this year in addition to the costume contest.
“This year, we are having a chili cook off. We are accepting 10 entries, and carnival attendees can pay one ticket for a Dixie cup of chili,” Steichen said.
Returning this year is the popular haunted house with the option for children to go through a scary or non-scary version. For the younger crowd or easily frightened, attendees can walk through with the lights on. The fifth grade class works with their parents to design and construct the haunted house, and the proceeds will go toward the fifth grade class graduation ceremony.
Steichen explained that the Halloween Carnival is one of the biggest fundraisers at Miramar Ranch Elementary School.
“Our fundraisers support various activities as well as family fun. Some of the enrichments it supports are our art core program, super science program and assemblies. A large portion of the funds are also given to the principal to use at her discretion,” Steichen said.
In addition to the ticket sales, the Halloween Carnival also raises funds through business sponsorships. Local businesses are able to sponsor a booth for $300 that includes a canopy, table and game as well as the opportunity to reach hundreds of members of the community. Steichen said businesses can also sponsor an activity or give monetary donations to be included in the sponsor banner as well as receive a shout-out on the school’s Facebook page.
Sponsors can also donate items to the Halloween Carnival raffle. Thus far, the carnival raffle has confirmed two family four-packs of tickets to Disneyland, Padres baseball tickets, Hornblower cruise tickets and children’s museum tickets. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased by the public on the day of the carnival.
Steichen said she would love to have the Scripps Ranch community at the Carnival.
“Come and bring your kids, dress them up and have fun while supporting our school at the same time,” she said.