Cardiff SEA (Schools Education Association), a nonprofit organization representative of parents, staff, and community members to support and improve the education of children, will host its major fundraiser, Boo by the Sea Halloween Carnival and Fall Festival (The Boo), on Oct. 18 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cardiff Elementary School. The event benefits the Cardiff SEA general fund and helps provide funding for physical education, science, art, music, performing arts and gardening classes in the Cardiff School District. The funds are also used to reduce class sizes.

In its second year and larger than ever, The Boo by the Sea Halloween Carnival and Fall Festival is becoming widely known as the coastal version of some of the more inland visited Halloween events that have become fall family tradition. At The Boo families can pick out a pumpkin, dress-up in costume and welcome fall on the coast, the same as they would inland.

“Our parent volunteers have done an amazing job in planning this year’s Boo by the Sea for all the children in our surrounding communities to enjoy, said Julie Parker, Principal of Cardiff Elementary. “We are delighted that North County has embraced the event as a new family tradition and welcome all to attend.”

This year’s event is nearly double in terms of rides and games for children of all ages. The event will have four full scale carnival rides, Trunk or Treating, local food, cotton candy and authentic Kettle Korn. The prize winning midway games have increased to thirteen thanks to Cardiff parent, Travis Stevens. The carnival is also broadening its haunted house to appeal to elementary school aged children by creating “boo” props and costumes. For the first time, the haunted house will have a pneumatic prop to make the house appear ghostly. The house will also be filled with skeletons, scary students, giant spiders, aliens, black light artwork and more.

Four year veteran and parent volunteer, Shawn Hanna and his fourth grade son, Merrick built many of the props. Hanna values the time spent creating the haunted house with his son and has recruited many other family members to participate in creating “boo” moments. Professional actors have also been recruited to “boo” this year.

Major sponsors of the event include Cardiff 101, Seaside Market, Zenbu, Rimels, East Coast Pizza, Moonlight Printing, Hudson Printing and EDCO. Sponsorships are still being accepted. Contact Noelle Smiley at mccoolsmiley@gmail.com for more information.