Halloween came early to Lucas Oil Stadium.
On Tuesday night, spooky ghosts, beautiful princesses, strong superheroes, and creepy cats roamed the field. But instead of reaching for touchdowns and first downs, they were reaching for candy.
And there was plenty to go around.
“This is our Kids Club Halloween party,” said Colts marketing coordinator Ashley Powell. “This is for our members, but we do allow them to bring family and friends because we want to get the word out. And the more, the merrier.”
There was face painting, balloons, games, inflatables, a Play 60 Zone, and sweet treats at every station. But for many, the real treat was being on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“It’s a good chance for them to come on the field, check out the locker room, maybe just get a different perspective of the actual stadium itself,” said Powell. “And just do something fun for Halloween – trick-or-treating on the field, we’ve got some great sponsors out here, we’ve got lots of fun games, inflatables, players signing autographs…”
One of those players, Joe Reitz (T/G), brought the whole family.
“I just think it’s great. Halloween is fun. I remember when I was a kid, you’d get all geeked up for Halloween and now going through it as a dad with my own kids,” he said. “They’re running around and having fun and the kids were all in their costumes all day.”
For David Parry (DT), the looks on the kids’ faces remind him of being a kid himself.
“Since I can remember still the impact that waiting just to talk to a player for a little bit had on me as a kid, if any time it impacts a kid that comes up and meets me – then I feel satisfied, I feel fulfilled from that,” he said. “That’s why I enjoy it.”
The Colts Kids Club Halloween Party was also a coming of age for Colts rookie cheerleader Alexis. Growing up, she remembers attending it with her friend.
“A couple weeks ago, she sent me pictures and she was like, ‘Do you remember when we went to the Colts Kids Club together and you dressed as a Colts cheerleader?’ So, that was really funny to look back on,” she said.
This year, Alexis attended as a Colts cheerleader, but dressed as Spider-Girl.
She may be grown up, but Alexis was just as excited to attend this year – and for the same reason she was as a kid.
“Dressing up – always my favorite part. Still is my favorite part.”
All the Colts Cheerleaders were there – and all in costume to sign autographs, perform with the junior cheerleaders, and judge the costume contest.
It was a tough decision with so many cute and creative costumes, but for the second year in a row, Carlos Ramirez won first place. This year, he came dressed as a Lucky slot machine.
We can’t wait to see next year’s costume!
And just like every year, there was definitely a popular theme.
“ColtStrong was in the building, that’s for sure,” said Parry.
“Saw some T.Y.s, saw some Andrews, lot of people had the shoulder pads and helmets,” said Reitz. “So, it’s always good when predominantly, the costumes are Colts people.”
The Halloween party isn’t the only benefit of the Colts Kids Club – but it is the most popular.
“We’ve got newsletters that they get throughout the year, but this is kind of the big event,” Powell said. “This is what we put everything into and this is kind of our big celebration.”
And it’s always a treat.
To sign your kids up for the Colts Kids Club, go to: http://www.colts.com/fanzone/clubs/kids-club.html#tab1.
To see more photos, click here: http://www.colts.com/photos/photo-gallery/Colts-Kids-Club—2016-Halloween-Party/603bf773-ac3e-4c80-9ca6-4aa8e7f2466e.