Costume party to help area children with winter attire

HERSEY — Adding a little spooky fun and flare to a coat drive will help children throughout Mecosta and Osceola counties this winter.

The Monster Mash Costume Party Coat Drive will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Mosaic Park in Hersey.

The event is geared be fun, encouraging families to dress up in their favorite costumes, while also donating winter apparel, such as gloves, hats, boots, coats and scarves.

“The costume party coat drive is to help provide for people who can’t afford those things,” said event organizer Robin Marvel.

Items collected that day will be distributed throughout Mecosta and Osceola counties, Marvel said, and anything left will then taken to Katie’s Closet at G.T. Norman Elementary School, to have hats, coats and gloves on hand at school for students to use.

The costume party is free of charge and will include games, prizes, kids’ costume contest, cider, donuts and live music with the Sandbobs.

Organizing food drives and other charitable events throughout the year, Marvel said she wanted to make this event fun for the entire family while also fulfilling a need in the community.

“I want to up it a little bit,” she said. “I want to encourage people to come out and have some fun and enjoy some time together in a positive way.”

Marvel said she’s always focused on organizing events that help others.

“I had a bad childhood, and this is my way of giving back,” she said.

In the event of inclement weather, the party will be at the town hall.

For more information to to volunteer for the party, contact Marvel at (989) 544-1186.