Oktoberfest a joy ride for children

November 01, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Of all the movies in the world, "101 Dalmatians" is 3-year-old Brett Bachman's favorite.

And for Halloween, his mother spent a day-and-a-half sewing a Dalmatian costume for him -- floppy ears, spots, tail and all.

Yesterday at the Columbia Association's fifth annual Oktoberfest, Brett won a blue ribbon and a dinosaur game for best costume among children ages 1 to 4.

He sported brown-and-black circled eyes, a black nose and whiskers -- even matching Dalmatian booties.

"I'm surprised" he won, said his mother, Jody Bachman, 32, of Tolling Bells Court in Columbia. "I made his costume, and I'm not really a sewer. But I wanted to do it.

Ms. Bachman, an IBM scheduling analyst, said she was "thrilled to death" as tears rolled down her cheeks.

The mother and son joined about 800 parents and children who '' delighted in 15 activities at Oktoberfest yesterday at the Columbia Athletic Club on Beaver Kill Road.

BTC While it rained outside, children played in an indoor haunted obstacle course, participated in a kids' fashion show, marched in a costume parade, painted pumpkins and made scarecrows. A haunted hay ride was the only outdoor activity.

After going on the hayride, Willie Ludwig, 9, a fourth-grader at Jeffers Hill Elementary School, said, "It was great! People came out and attacked you -- monsters and goblins."

Inside, Hjordis Bruce, the athletic club's general manager, said more children turned out for the event this year than ever before -- mainly because of the wet weather. Parents brought their kids for a safe and dry Halloween, Mrs. Bruce said.

The Columbia Association picked up the $1,500 tab for the event, she said.

Robert Corso, 7, and his parents, Gary and Linda, stuffed hay into a pair of brown pants, a blue sweat-shirt and stockings to make a scarecrow..

"It was pretty hard,having to tie everything on," said Robert, who was disguised as a Desert Storm soldier,

When he finished, he considered naming the green-eyed scarecrow Freddy Kreuger or Jason.

"He sure is ugly-looking," his mother said. They plan to put the scarecrow outside their home in Laurel.

Another parent, 34-year-old Jim Alvey of Columbia, also enjoyed the day with his children.

Mr. Alvey said he attended Oktoberfest because of its indoor activities and to see children in their costumes.

His 4-year-old son J.T. was dressed as Batman, his daughter Michelle, 2, as Cinderella.

Pirate Bart Elder, 4, won two packs of Tootsie Rolls in a bean-bag tossing game.

He nodded, pronouncing the game fun, the candy good.

His mother, Joanie Elder of Columbia, said the youngster was having fun.

"It's a neat idea. It really is," she said of Oktoberfest. "It's a super service the Columbia Association provides."

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