By Rowan Beck
It’s time for locals to ready their costumes and prepare for the fourth annual Monster Bash! This adult Halloween party takes place Saturday, Oct. 25 at Charlotte’s Old Lantern and benefits Mahana Magic – a foundation which provides support for children with a parent who has cancer. The Monster Bash is the foundation’s signature event, raising nearly $130,000 over the past three years; and it always sells out.
The Old Lantern is the ideal setting for this one-of-a-kind Halloween event. Owner Lisa Gojauc donates the space, allowing volunteers to change her tranquil event hall and grounds into a haunted house and spooky dance hall. Charlotte resident Monica Marshall has created the haunted house for the past few years, and she and her team have been working tirelessly since July to make this year’s event just as scary!
On Thursday, Oct. 24, the haunted house will open to all the neighboring communities. Children can venture through a toned-down haunted house, carve pumpkins, eat pizza, and enjoy a fall evening with their families. The event is free and runs from 5-7 pm.
The money raised by the Monster Bash helps Mahana Magic fund the pairing of a cancer patient’s child with Child Life Specialist Ali Waltien. Currently, she is running two support groups: the Children’s Workshop, for children whose parent or adult caregiver has cancer, and the Children’s Grief Group, for children have lost a loved one. She hopes to create a Teen Talk Night for young adults that have a loved one with cancer. Since May 2011, she has been able to help 171 families. Funds also allow Mahana Magic to provide team-building events such as ropes courses held at Petra Cliffs, Northern Lights, and the University of Vermont’s outdoor center.
Since the Mahana Magic’s inception, the foundation has had tremendous support – and outreach is now snowballing. If you miss the Monster Bash, you can join the Pink for Pink Ride, a one-hour spinning ride at the Shelburne Athletic Club, on Oct. 26; the luminary sales for the ride go to Mahana Magic.
Last year, the Monster Bash sold out within days of the event, and committee chairs are hoping it will be a sell out again this year. So dress up in your spookiest party clothes and celebrate Halloween for a good cause. Tickets for the event are $55 and available at www.mahanamagic.org.