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Sheriff’s Station hosts Halloween event for community

Posted: October 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with his 2-year-old son David dressed as horror movie character Chuckie.

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Scary has two doors at the annual Haunted Jailhouse Halloween Carnival fundraiser put on by local sheriff’s deputies — a general admission entrance and a “PG” entrance who those who really want scary but should really be holding onto a parent’s hand.

At least half a dozen families were seen emerging from the “tamer” version of scary jailhouse theatrics staged by the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club only to be seen lining up for the scarier version next door.

One of them was local grandmother Norva Caballero caught exiting the scarier Haunted Jailhouse, laughing.

“It was fun. It was scary. It was jumpy,” said Caballero, who has walked through many of the sheriff’s Haunted Jailhouses over the years.

“They’ve all been good, but not this good,” she said.

Her 13-year-old grandson Derek called it: “Scary and confusing.”

At which point his grandmother laughed again: “All these girls were after him in there, it was scary.”

The scarier jailhouse was intended for children over age 6 and their parents, the tamer version was designed for children under age 6.

Carnival

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in temperatures reaching 90 degrees, the sheriff’s station threw open the gates to its backlot for a variety of carnival activities including: game booths, food carts, Sheriff’s Department displays, moon bounces, rock wall, bounce house and a “Dunk a Deputy Booth” for a chance at dunking station commander Capt. Paul Becker.

And, everywhere on the lot, were kids dressed up for Halloween — witches, goblins and at least fuchsia-colored brick of Lego.

There was a zip-line where kids were strapped into a harness, pulled up to second-story height and sent gliding back to the ground.

For the third year in a row, kids were invited to climb aboard an original prisoner transport wagon built in the 19th century.

“It was actually used to transport prisoners,” said the wagon’s operator Michelle Kampenga.

“They just love it,” she said after having rocked the wagon by bouncing up and down in it.

“They like it when they get in there and I bounce it.”

One of those reluctant to try it out was princess-dressed Melanie Golding, age 2.

“She does not like spooky,” said her mother Christina, but she relented when she saw her mother inside the wagon smiling.

“We’re definitely going to make this an annual tradition,” said Golding who grew up Santa Clarita.

Scary tradition

The sheriff’s Haunted Jailhouse has become a tradition for the Santa Clarita Valley.

This year, sheriff’s deputies and their “volunteers on patrol” expected more than a thousand children to attend.

Despite the sweltering heat, many showed up in elaborate costumes.

Jaxon Maertz, just age 18 months, just had to get out of his Mickey Mouse costume once kids in his age group were judged, according to his mom and dad, Megan and Jordan Maertz.

His sister Maisie, 3, complete with a heavy wig of red hair came as Merida, heroine of the Disney animated movie “Brave.”

For Katina Muller, Sunday’s fundraiser was a chance for her 3-year-old daughter Dylan to wear the costume her mother made for her in 1976 for the bicentennial.

“I wore it in 1976 and here we are,” she said.

Dylan won the second place prize for the 2-4 age costume contest.

First place went to Harper Woodworth, 3, dressed as a peacock and third place went to Mirai Tijerino, dressed — with fruit basket on her head — as Carmen Miranda.

Hosts of this year’s event were The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, The Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club, SCV Newhall Optimist Club, the city of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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