GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Halloween at the Grand Canyon has traditionally been a time of thrills and chills. Events are never in short supply at the end of October, and the 2010 Halloween season will be no different. Spooky events, in Tusayan and at the South Rim, are planned for both youngsters and adults alike this year.
A battle of the bands will be held at the Grand Hotel Oct. 30. Sponsored by the Rotary on the Rim organization, doors for the fundraiser will open at 8:30 p.m. Music will begin at 9 p.m. Drink specials and a costume contest will be held during the battle of the bands, according to organizers, with a DJ playing in between the band performances. Advance cover charge for the event is $8. The event will be $10 at the door.
Mike Rock, manager for the Grand Hotel, said the event is designed as a fun excursion for people in the area, as well as a fundraiser for the Rotary Club.
"All funds raised will go to Rotary International," Rock said. "That money will go to ending polio worldwide. It's a fun local event for tourists and locals to have a safe and fun Halloween party," Rock said.
Three bands are currently slated to perform for the battle of the bands, Rock added. Buckit, based out of Flagstaff, is one of the bands scheduled to perform. Seven Grand Jam will also perform during the event.
"We are still working on commitments for the third band," Rock said.
On Oct. 30, organizers are planning a Halloween carnival at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center. The carnival, sponsored by the Kaibab Learning Center and the Grand Canyon Parent/Teacher Organization, will be held from 5-8 p.m. Booths, open to vendors and organizations, are still available for the carnival. Call Jeanne Yost at (928) 638-6333 for more information on the carnival. Ideas for booths include bingo, a bean bag toss, maze, haunted house, fortune-telling and more. The family-friendly festival will feature a costume contest, with prizes donated by the Grand Canyon Association, a cakewalk and more.
A number of thrilling Halloween plans are in store for students at Grand Canyon School, beginning with an annual costume parade Oct. 28. The costume parade, beginning in Mrs. Moreno's kindergarten classroom, begins at 2 p.m. Students and teachers in grades kindergarten through 5th grade will proceed through elementary classes and some middle and high school classrooms during the Halloween event. Short parties will follow in a number of the rooms.
Fourth and 5th graders at the school will also have the opportunity to "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" this Halloween. Students from Grand Canyon School will be given the opportunity to carry special coin collection boxes with them as they trick or treat. Money collected from the collection boxes will be sent to the UNICEF organization, according to Grand Canyon School officials. More information on the program can be found online at www.unicefusa.org/trickortreat.