Last-Minute Bear Scare FAQ

Bear Scare FlyerDo you have questions about next week’s Bear Scare — Friday, Oct, 26, from 6-8 p.m.? We have answers!

What is Bear Scare?
Bear Scare is Madrona’s biggest all-school party of the year! Featuring costumes, fun games, spooky (but safe!) decorations, cool music, a Haunted House, a Pumpkin-Carving Contest, a cupcake walk, candy crafts, cookie decorating and fun, interactive activities for all ages, it’s a party you won’t want to miss! Plus, all proceeds go directly to MIT, which puts 100 percent of its resources back into programming for our kids.

How much does it cost to go to Bear Scare?
Tickets to Bear Scare are $5 if purchased in advance, and $7 at the door. Adults are free! Pre-sales are available all week leading up to Bear Scare, both before and after school. You can even buy from your car while waiting in line after school (before the bell rings)! In addition, you may download the pre-order form from MadronaBearFacts.com (or pick one up in the office) and send it with your student to school, along with cash or a check.

Will there be food?
Pizza (cheese and pepperoni) will be available for purchase at a rate of $3 for one slice plus a drink, or $5 for two slices plus a drink. In addition, you may opt to purchase an entire pizza for your family for just $18. If you are planning to purchase an entire pizza, pre-ordering is recommended, but not required. We can also accommodate gluten-free orders, but those MUST be made in advance.

What’s the parking situation this year?
Probably our most-asked question. First, the good news — we WILL have access to the track, which is located behind the main building, on the right-hand side. To access the track, drive through the gates on the right-hand side of the parking lot, and follow the (very narrow) road around the side of the school and up a short hill to the track. The bad news — the track and path leading to it are VERY dark at night! It is strongly recommended that all Madrona families bring a flashlight to carry with you when walking to and from the track.

Can I bring a non-Madrona student?
Yes! Anyone is welcome to attend Bear Scare. In fact, one of the highlights of Bear Scare is seeing former Madrona students return to enjoy the fun, and to see current students introducing their non-Madrona friends to the magic of Bear Scare.

I have a pumpkin for the Carving Contest. Where do I go?
This year, the Pumpkin-Carving Contest will be set up outside the gym, near the flagpole. When you arrive, bring your carved pumpkin to the tent and check-in with staff who will give you a number and classify your pumpkin into a division (Kindergarten, Primary, Intermediate or Middle School). Voting will start at 6 p.m. sharp, so plan to arrive early to maximize your voting window! Winners will be announced at the end of the night and prize baskets will be awarded to the top pumpkins in each division.

What is Trick-or-Treat Street?
Originally, Bear Scare was founded as a service project by Madrona middle-school students. While the event has since outgrown the middle school’s ability to staff and manage it, Madrona middle schoolers each year convert one hallway at Madrona into a “Trick or Treat Street” filled with fun games and activities kids can play to earn candy and prizes. The hallway progresses from less-to-more scary as you move from beginning to end, finishing at the entrance to the Haunted House. Proceed if you dare!

Is there a chance to make food donations this year?
Yes! Traditionally, the price of admission to the Haunted House has been a donation of non-perishable food to Madrona’s food drive. Since the Haunted House is well removed from the main Bear Scare entrance this year, we will instead have a donation bin set up just outside the main entrance to Bear Scare. Bring some non-perishable items and help Madrona have an impact in our local community!

Can adults wear costumes?
Yes! Adults are not only allowed, but encouraged, to participate in the fun with an awesome Bear Scare costume. We only ask that your costume not include a mask that covers the face, to ensure the safety of our students.

Are there any restrictions on kids costumes?
Only those that are in line with school policies — in other words, nothing that includes insensitive language or offensive imagery, and no weapons of any kind. Ninjas, leave your swords at home!

I signed up to volunteer. Where do I go?
First off, thank you! It takes more than 100 volunteers to run this event, and every one of you are vital. Volunteers will be able to check in at the front door, where a sheet will be posted listing all of the volunteers’ names, times and positions (including, if you signed up for games, the specific game to which you should report). Please plan to arrive at your station on time, so that the previous volunteer can go enjoy Bear Scare!

I haven’t signed up to volunteer, is there still time?
You’d better believe it! In fact, we are still short in MANY areas, and may even have to cancel some activities if we can’t find enough volunteers to contribute. We need six more volunteers to help with pre-sales before and after school, 15 more to help with set-up, 17 more to help serve pizza, 12 more to help with games, 6 more to help with candy crafts, 8 more to run the Cupcake Walk, 5 more to help with the Pumpkin-Carving Contest, and 19 more to help with clean-up! In addition, we still need 20 more containers of sugar cookies for the cookie-decorating station, 11 more packages of cupcakes for the cupcake walk, plus more candy and prizes to give away at our games! PHEW! That’s a lot of open slots! Sign up today and help make Bear Scare a success: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4dadac2eabfa7-bear1.

I still have questions. Who can I ask?
Send any questions to madronabearscare@gmail.com, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!