A Halloween Dream…or Nightmare at Harvest

A Halloween Dream…or Nightmare at Harvest

by Susan Neuhalfen

When kids reach a certain age, trick or treating goes out of style. They love the candy, but dressing up and going house to house doesn’t appeal to them like it used to.

Luckily for our area, the Harvest teen council has come up with a ghoulish alternative.

This Halloween evening, while you take the little ones out, your husband can take the older kids to the Halloween celebration at Harvest in Argyle. There, they can shoot zombies with paintball guns from a crazy zombified HUMV.

It’s every teenager’s Halloween fantasy…and probably your husband’s too.

The event is open to the public and attendees will pay $3 for the opportunity to shoot paintball guns at zombies courtesy of Harvest resident Jonathan Edwards, owner of Zombie Hunt at DFW Adventure Park.

The teen council members will be dressing up like zombies and roaming empty lot areas while the HUMV stays in the parking lot. Participants will stand on the truck, paintball gun in hand, and shoot paintballs at zombies, making for a truly memorable Halloween. This is just a small glimpse of what the real zombie hunt looks like at the Zombie Hunt at DFW Adventure Park.

“Jonathan is even letting us borrow Sally the zombie who makes scary zombie noises,” said Page Austin, Lifestyle Manager for Harvest. “He has been kind enough to donate all of this so we can raise as much money as possible for the North Texas Food Bank.”

The Harvest Teen Council is in the habit of raising money for the North Texas Food Bank. This incredible group of students has already provided over 4,000 meals to the food bank with various activities. Every $1 raised, feeds 3 kids so this makes a huge impact on the food bank. Even if kids go trick or treating, they are encouraged to come to Harvest around 7pm to go zombie hunting.

Harvest subdivision is known for its community garden plots. Residents who love to garden pay a sum for their own plot, while the community provides tools and resources. The subdivision keeps some gardens to grow crops, give cooking demonstrations and provide extra food to homeowners. Homeowner volunteers also maintain three garden plots where all produce is donated to the North Texas Food Bank. That equates to between 10-200 lbs. per month.

The Harvest Teen Council has not only raised money and collected food for the North Texas Food Bank, they have worked very hard to organize and run several events to make this happen. This year, the teen council started raising money for the North Texas Food Bank with March Madness Hoops for Hunger. They organized a basketball tournament at Harvest which resulted in 800 meals to the food bank. Then they hosted a neighborhood fish fry and gave proceeds to food bank where they also collected canned goods and money. They worked the Harvest 4th of July celebration, creating signs, distributing wristbands and helping to run the festival, all the while collecting over 200 lbs. of peanut butter which was donated to the food bank. They ended the summer with a back to school party complete with a dunk tank, charging $1/ball, and organizing the line and booth. They donated an additional 400 meals as a result.

These incredible teens are now ready to dress up in rags, put themselves in empty lots in the dark and get hit by paint balls, all to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank.

“This is truly the new generation of leaders and humanitarians, giving back to the community,” said Austin. “I love the fact that they are starting right here in their own neighborhood.”

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