Bringing out everyone’s inner child, Marcon Building Supply in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania, puts on a Halloween event each year for customers. For this year’s event, the employees, including many of the employees’ children, dressed up as different Barbies and characters from “Toy Story,” says Jennifer Margroff, co-owner and vice president.
“I absolutely love having these events for the children in our community. We love the thought of providing a fun, free experience for children of all ages,” Jennifer says. “I am blessed with wonderful staff who love helping with these events. They are very involved and go the extra mile to make sure the event is a success.”
This year, Jennifer and her husband, Jubal, who is also a co-owner, were Disco Barbie and construction worker Ken and their daughters, Gabby and Lizzy, also dressed up as Bride Barbie and Holiday Barbie.
Attendees could visit “The Real World” and get photos taken with Barbies in Barbie boxes and alone in an empty Barbie box. They even had a real-life Barbie styling head for the children to do her hair and makeup. Other activities included a pumpkin golf game, spider races, hot potato and a lasso toss.
“We had the children decorate Franken pumpkins with hardware,” Jennifer says. “This seems to be a hit every year. They get very creative with that activity!”
After the games and activities, everyone parades around the store and trick-or-treats at each of the departments. A winner is crowned for the costume contest, going home with a Halloween trophy and gift card.
“This year we added a twist and added a separate contest,” Jennifer says. “The best dressed Barbie costume won a Barbie Dreamhouse and the best ‘Toy Story’ costume won a collection of interactive ‘Toy Story’ figurines.”
Every child that attends the event also receives a ticket they can put in a raffle for fun prizes. Extra tickets are available for purchase, with the proceeds from those ticket sales going to Marcon’s Angel Tree at Christmas.
Once the activities wrap up at the store, attendees head out to other local businesses for trick-or-treating. Started by Marcon Building Supply, this second event is called Mountain Hallo-Boo and provides a safe place for local children to trick-or-treat.
“The Mountain Hallo-Boo is something that Marcon started several years ago and has become very popular,” Jennifer says. “The businesses look forward to it every year, and it brings people into these small businesses to see what they have to offer. It’s a win-win.”