To kick off Halloween, Russett celebrated the event with its annual Halloween party Oct. 26. The community center was decked out in orange and black streamers with spiders, skeletons and other critters hanging around. A multitude of games and activities such as, pumpkin trivia game, bean bag toss, pin the bat on the ghost, just to name a few, kept everyone busy and entertained. I took part in the trivia game and to my surprise, I won. My prize, of course, was a big pumpkin with a pumpkin carving kit.

Russett Community Association President Rob Newman attended the party with his daughter, Cara, who was dressed as a "Monsters Inc." character. Some other costumes included Sophia Juico as a princess and Jesse Malhotra as an Avenger character. During the party, Cookie Monster led the children in a dance while parents took pictures. Everyone in costume was a winner, receiving a medal and certificate.

Games of chance included red vine count and cheese ball count, and the winners were Kareem Francis and Ryan Matos. As the event came to an end, everyone was smiling and all the children received a goody bag and balloon to take home.

A big Russett thank-you to volunteers Debra Jones, Nycole Briscoe, Dakota Waybright, Takiyah Robertson, Alicia Anderson and Adriana Powers.

For more games, bring your family and friends on Monday, Nov. 4 to Tavern Games Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Maryland City at Russett Branch Library, located at 3501 Russett Common. This free event, hosted by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Montpelier Mansion staff, features costumed interpreters, 18th-century games and live period music by Bedlam. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Anita Pesses at 301-446-3306.