Invasion of the Candy Snatchers

 Guests take a breather from the rigors of eating, slime making, and Halloween-themed game playing.

Guests take a breather from the rigors of eating, slime making, and Halloween-themed game playing.

 A fixture at Stoddert Elementary School's Extended Day Program, Kay Langenbacher (Miss Kay) has organized the party for the last 3 years.

A fixture at Stoddert Elementary School's Extended Day Program, Kay Langenbacher (Miss Kay) has organized the party for the last 3 years.

By Kay and Eric Langenbacher

On a balmy Saturday afternoon, October 31, vampires, witches, and superheroes (and these were just the parents!) invaded the Tot Lot for Burleith’s traditional Halloween party. (Click here for more photos.)

More than 40 parents and kids sampled a delicious spread of candy, cookies, cupcakes, drinks, veggies, fruit, and other snacks donated by Whole Foods Market, Safeway, and Lenore Rubino Realtor. A few babes-in-arms, grandparents, and other senior citizens rounded out the party demographics.

While the adults socialized, their costumed offspring competed for prizes in the witches hat toss and ping pong ball game. At the other end of the table, Jessica Lindeman of Lenore’s office used her prior art teacher skills to engage kids in the mysteries of slime (made of glue, borax, and food coloring).

In addition to our generous institutional sponsors, many thanks go to tenth-grader Lucie Warga for her superb kid-wrangling talent during the games and to our son Max for slime production and setting up/taking down.

 Jessica Lindeman, Kay Langenbacher, Max Langenbacher, and Lucie Warga brace for the costumed hoards.

Jessica Lindeman, Kay Langenbacher, Max Langenbacher, and Lucie Warga brace for the costumed hoards.