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There were no ghouls or ghastly sights Sunday at the seventh annual Boo Bash at Hays Public Library.

Parents and approximately 100 elementary school children celebrated Halloween at the program with crafts, games, face painting and treats.

SpiderMan, a Duck Dynasty character, Buzz Lightyear and other costumed kids decorated frosted cookies as spiders, played pin the spider on the web and threw a ping-pong ball into candy bags to win sweets.

Arin Powers, a Fort Hays State University junior and co-student coordinator of Tigers in Service, said the student group staffed the event.

Boo Bash provides families the option to do crafts rather than have their children be scared in a typical haunted house during the holiday, Powers said.

"It seemed like something different we didn't have yet," Powers said. "It's a safe place for kids to do the trick-or-treat aspect and wear their costumes. Parents know the library is safe."

Isabella Bailey, a first-grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Hays, said her favorite game was pinning the spider. Bailey said she was dressed as Princess Peach from the Mario Bros. video-game series.

Isabella's mother, Paulia, said she was glad Hays had an age-appropriate event for her children.

"It's nice I can bring my 3-year-old and 6-year-old to play and have a good time, and they already love the library," Paulia said.