Camdenton, Mo. – Camdenton's Oak Ridge Intermediate 5th and 6th graders were recently congratulated by Ha Ha Tonka's superintendent Nancy Masterson and Susan Buchman for their work carving pumpkins for annual Ha Ha Haunt Walk.
A total of 47 pumpkins were decorated, carved and donated to the park for use during the Walk on October 25, a tradition that began in 1998. People of all ages enjoy the event that has been a fall favorite for over 20 years.
“In all these years, the creativity of our young people is amazing," Masterson said. "These unique carved and enhanced pumpkins bring a smile to hikers. The jack-o-lanterns light up the trail on Haunt night and are left on the trail for other park visitors to see all weekend."
The Friday night event at Ha Ha Tonka drew a crowd of over 1,100 people who were treated to many imaginative designs.
“We are so appreciative of the children who donate their pumpkin and the local businesses that support this community event,” Masterson said.
This year, nine students and their teacher from Horizons, the Laker Alternative Education Center, helped paint new wooden decorations for this year’s display at the castle, working a total of 79 hours to add a bit of amusement to the event including brightly colored skeletons dancing, riding a skeleton horse, playing guitar or skeleton dogs chased other skeletons along with trees painted in an eerie manner to add to the mystery of the trail.