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Costumes highlight Kingston Halloween party

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

KINGSTON – Jamie Lauderdale has spent months creating one of the most unique Iron Man costumes you’ll ever see, and he’ll be showing it off at the annual Halloween party from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Kingston Elementary School.

Lauderdale, of Kingston, said he’s spent 10 months hand crafting his costume, which is made of paper.

“Halloween is my Christmas,” he said.

Lauderdale said he’s been interested in building the Iron Man costume since he saw the movie. He made the outfit using pepakura, a kind of Japanese papercraft that analyzes a three-dimensional image and creates the proper paper shapes to be folded and fit together to recreate it. Think origami, only with multiple pieces.

Previously he has appeared as characters including a Storm Trooper, Boba Fett and Darth Maul from “Star Wars,” as well as the Predator. 

Hand in Hand Community Project of Kingston is the group responsible for the annual shindig, held at Kingston Elementary School, 100 School St.

Held every year since 2002, the party features costume contests and lots of Halloween-themed fun and games. Some of the activities include a bean bag toss into a pumpkin, throwing a hula-hoop over a headstone, and a cakewalk called the “Spook Walk.” Face painting will be provided by local Girl Scout troops.

Admission is free, as are all games and activities, although it is requested that attendees bring a nonperishable food item and a sweet treat for the Spook Walk. All food items are donated to the Genoa Food Pantry. 

The costume contest for children 3 and younger is at 5:30 p.m., ages 4 to 6 at 6 p.m., and 7- to 11-year-olds at 6:30 p.m.

“My favorite part of the party is watching the kids enjoy it and have fun,” said Taunya Fischer, Hand in Hand treasurer. “Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love to see what all the kids are dressed up as.”

Hand in Hand, a nonprofit organization, also hosts an Easter egg hunt in the spring, puts out a biweekly neighbor-to-neighbor newsletter and provides a “sharing library” service for Kingston residents.

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