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Halloween “NoogieFest” to transform Gilda’s Club into “friendly” haunted house


Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is set to be turned into a “friendly” haunted house. It’s getting ready for its annual “NoogieFest” celebration.

This year’s event will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-3 p.m.,. It’s for West Michigan families to participate in what they call “spookily exciting” activities at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids on Bridget Street.

A news release says for the last twenty years the Rosloniec family has volunteered at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to transform the clubhouse into a friendly haunted house for their annual Halloween NoogieFest celebration.

Kids of all ages and their families can participate in friendly ghoulish games, crafts, activities and enjoy creepy cuisine. There will be professional pumpkin carving demonstrations and Halloween NoogieFest will culminate in a magician show for attendees to enjoy together.

Gilda’s Club Grands Rapids’ Youth Program has a wide range of opportunities specifically designed for kids and teens impacted by grief or cancer, whether they are living with cancer themselves, know someone living with cancer or know someone who died due to any cause.

Included in the Youth Program is Noogieland, named after the noogies that Gilda Radner’s ‘Lisa’ character used to receive on “Saturday Night Live.” Noogieland is a special place in the clubhouse at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids where kids can be kids, connect with other children and families, and see that they are not alone.

Halloween NoogieFest is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. More information is available at gildasclubgr.org/noogiefest.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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