It will be a night of family fun as the Brownwood Jaycees host a children’s pumpkin decorating contest and costume party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the BAA Art Center, located at 215 Fisk.
“With all the different Halloween events going on, we wanted to host an event that the entire family can participate in,” said Ashley McLaughlin, president of the Brownwood Jaycees. “We thought a pumpkin decorating contest would be a fun activity for children and parents.”
For the contest, parents will need to bring an undecorated, medium sized pumpkin to the art center and no carving will be allowed. All of the supplies to decorate the pumpkins will be provided and includes paint and paintbrushes, glitter, yarn, construction paper, markers, scissors and more, but parents are welcomed to bring any other supplies they want to use for their pumpkin.
The contest will be divided into two age divisions — 6 to 8 year-olds and 9 to 12 year-old — and prizes will be awarded to the top three children in each division. The prize baskets will contain Halloween candy, art supplies and a free pass to one of the Brown County Museum’s Haunted Houses.
Along with the pumpkin contest, McLaughlin stated fun games including a kid’s bingo and beanbag toss will be played throughout the contest and sweet snacks will be provided.
“While the contest is open for children ages 6 to 12, anyone can bring their pumpkin to the Art Center to decorate,” McLaughlin said. “We encourage parents to bring their children for a night of Halloween fun.”
Those attending “This is Halloween Art Show” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the BAA Art Center will judge the pumpkins. In case of a tie, a panel of three judges will determine the winner. After the winners have been announced, parents will be able to take the pumpkins home.