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Children, Families Enjoy Halloween-Themed 'Spooktacular Fun'


Lambeau Field has traditionally served as a scary place for opposing NFL teams to play.

On Saturday it served as frightening place for children of all ages as the Green Bay Packers hosted their third annual Halloween-themed "Spooktacular Fun" from 10am. to 4p.m.

The Lambeau Field Atrium featured ghoulish displays of witches, werewolves, ghosts and Frankensteins. An estimated 7,000 people attended the free event, and many arrived in their Halloween gear.

"It's fun, seeing all the kids dressed up," said Dymond, 13, of Green Bay, Wis., who cited a Cinderella costume as her favorite.

The event included four face painting stations where spiders and bats were the most requested drawings. At four craft stations, children could contort black pipe cleaners and glue googly eyes to make spiders. They also could pick out a pumpkin from a patch and create their own design with magic marker.

"This is awesome. I'd recommend it to any parent with young kids," said Jennifer, 34, of Green Bay who brought her spider-costumed, seven-year-old son, Henry. "I'm an adult and I'm having fun."

Several clowns, "Jolly Giant" stilt walkers, mimes, animal balloon makers, magicians and jugglers roamed through the atrium. A main stage featured additional performers, including comic troops and a kids show.

"Spooktacular Fun" is one in a series of free community events held each year by the Packers. Other events include a Thanksgiving Day meal for area needy families, "Project LEAP," and "Summer Traditions at Lambeau Field."

"The goal is to give back to all the fans," said Cathy Dworak, the Packers' manager of community relations. "They support us whether we having a winning or losing season."

Dworak has already started making plans for next year's Halloween event, which could include a haunted tunnel with six scary scenes.

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