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Boys do the monster mash with their mothers
Annual Mother-Son Halloween Dance next week at civic center
Jennifer Gammon swings son Blake, 4, on the dance floor during last year’s Gainesville Parks and Recreation’s 10th annual Mother-Son Halloween Dance at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Mother-Son Halloween Dance

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 23

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville

Cost: $50 per couple and $17.50 for each additional sibling for city residents. $60 per couple and $21 for sibling for nonresidents.

More info: 770-531-2680

 How often do you see Kiss band members, a samurai and Superman all on the dance floor with their mothers?

The answer is once a year in October, when mothers and sons don costumes and get their groove on in the Gainesville Civic Center ballroom for the annual Mother-Son Halloween Dance.

Julia Clay, who has been to the dance three years in a row with her son, said nothing but fun is had by all in attendance.

“I will take every opportunity I can get to dance with my son,” she said.

Clay and her son, Noah, have attended the dance as several different characters, including a 1980s prom zombie and ’80s rocker. And the mother seems to have just as much fun as her son.

“It gives me a chance to dress up for Halloween and feel like a kid,” she said.

Mothers may accompany one or multiple sons to the dance, and be dressed in any type of costume, whether it is funny or scary.

“We believe that one night of Halloween just isn’t enough, especially for some of these boys in their costumes,” said Julie Butler Colombini, marketing and communications manager of Gainesville Parks and Recreation.

It also gives the mothers and sons a chance to bond just like the fathers and daughters at the Daddy-Daughter Dance in February.

Clay has two daughters, Lily Grace and Weatherly, who attended that dance with their father.

Colombini explained mothers originally requested a dance be created in the first place to complement the daddy-daughter dance.

“The moms tell us, ‘We want to do something with our boys,’” she said.

The dance will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the ballroom of the civic center at 830 Green St.

Tickets for Gainesville residents are $50 per couple and $17.50 for each additional sibling. Tickets for nonresidents are $60 per couple and $21 for each additional sibling.

Register by Oct. 18 at or call 770-531-2680.

The dance will include a catered dinner, a DJ, a costume contest and raffle items.

“It’s these kinds of memories that families are building together that these kids and these parents will always remember,” Colombini said.

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