YMCA to host a ‘Halloween overnight’


The Fayette County Family YMCA will be hosting a Halloween overnight gathering on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 7:45 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day.

The event is open to the public, with pre-registration required at the YMCA located on 100 Civic Drive in Washington Court House. Registration is $20 for YMCA members and $30 for non-members. Kids ages 6-12 are encouraged to come in costume and prepare to enjoy swimming, games, crafts, snacks, and a movie. Tennis shoes and swimsuits are required.

“This is something for the kids to come to and have a safe and fun environment,” Tosha Larch, membership specialist, said during an interview Wednesday. “We will lock the doors and enjoy the evening with a costume contest, dodge ball, pizza and drinks, making some masks and other crafts, and will also watch a Halloween movie.”

Halloween at the YMCA is one of the many activities it provides for the community as part of its emphasis on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Kids face many challenges and the YMCA has a long history of providing programs and services that help youth and families thrive.

“This is a good time not only for the kids, but parents can also have their evening free to go out and enjoy themselves without needing to worry about children,” Larch said. “We have plenty that go out on date night or enjoy a Halloween party of their own. We really would like to see as many kids as we can…..the more the merrier.”

In addition to Halloween at the YMCA, the facility hosts community events such as the Daddy-Daughter Dance, July 3 Fire In The Sky Celebration, and Mother-Son nights. The YMCA youth swim team recently started it’s season and Miami Trace and Washington Court House high school swim teams will start their seasons with practices at the YMCA beginning Oct. 30.

Among other achievements, the YMCA recently celebrated 15 years of providing child care at the YMCA Kid’s World of Learning at Sugar Creek Packing. The YMCA facility has been serving the community for eight years as of this month.

Over 6,200 people are served each year, including over 700 participants in YMCA youth sports programs and over 400 in YMCA infant through school age child care programs. The YMCA people serves people of all backgrounds, with the YMCA scholarship assistance program enabling youth and families of low income to participate. The scholarship assistance program is made possible by the YMCA’s Annual Community Support Campaign.


By Martin Graham

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