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Hands-on haunted house for kids

Date Posted: 2011-10-07

A central Okinawa community is combining Halloween fun with a cultural exchange opportunity, opening a haunted house this weekend and teaching youngsters how to build one of their own.

The Yomitan Board of Education and the Okinawa Hands-on NPO are teaming up Saturday and Sunday to offer kids an opportunity to create a haunted house using cardboard boxes. Organizers note that kids spend so much time on computer and video games, they become socially isolated and sometimes confuse reality with fantasy.

The events this weekend, starting with classes on making a haunted house at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and then experiencing a haunted house from 3 p.m. ~ 8 p.m. at the Yomitan Cultural Center, is the community’s more popular activity each year. The event creators say kids love to play in the cardboard boxes,, because they can be recycled in countless directions. The Yomitan Haunted House is styled from many cardboard boxes, and uses “lots of duct tape”, but organizers say “the most important thing is imagination and teamwork.”

A Grotesque Mask Making Workshop takes place both days 10 a.m. ~ noon, with a fee of ¥500 per child. The class on making a haunted house starts at 1 p.m. each day, and costs ¥100 per youngster. Going through the Yomitan Haunted House can be done both days from 3 p.m. ~ 8 p.m., at a cost of ¥100 per child and ¥200 per adult.

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