Licking County News

Pataskala YMCA will host Spooktacular Oct. 26


Ghosts and goblins are invited to the western branch of the Licking County YMCA from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, for the annual Fall Family Fun Spooktacular.

"We encourage people to come out," said YMCA director Dana Moore. "It really is a fun event."

The western branch is located at 355 W. Broad St. in Pataskala.

Youth and adults who dress in costume can participate in the costume parade.

The event also features indoor games and activities, which culminates with YMCA workers handing out candy and snacks, Moore said.

If the weather is pleasant, Moore said the YMCA will set up a bounce house, hayrides and pony rides.

"Hopefully the sun will be out and we'll get to have a nice fall day," she said.

Moore said the event is free, but people attending are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item.

Moore said canned vegetables and canned food collected will be equally distributed between the LEADS Pataskala food pantry and Storehouse for Jesus, operated at the Pataskala Church of the Nazarene.

Sharon Gwilym, human resources coordinator for LEADS, said the food pantry in Pataskala is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at 12536 Adams Lane.

People who need assistance must bring in the names of all members of the household receiving assistance, she said.

People visiting the Storehouse for Jesus at 8100 Hazelton-Etna Road must show a Social Security card for each member of the household and provide a piece of mail with the family's address.

It is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the church's website.