Young Stars support Camp Ronald McDonald

Young Stars support Camp Ronald McDonald at Universal
Costumed Celebrities Spread Cheer for Camp Ronald McDonald Kids At Halloween Carnival

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An ultra-charming army of young Hollywood celebrities got dressed up in cute costumes to make a lot of kids happy at the Camp Ronald Mc Donald for Good Times’ 17th Annual Halloween Carnival. It was held on the backlot of Universal Studios, near the locations that the classic horror movies Frankenstein, The Wolfman and The Mummy were filmed.

Some of the classic monsters were seen roaming around, but instead of screams they were spreading cheer. So were two fellows in a huge whale costume and a shark outfit. The guys looked less menacing when they took the heads off their costumes revealing Jerry O’Connell (of Crossing Jordan fame) and his brother Charlie O’Connell (who had a memorable stint on The Bachelor). “We’re having the best time. We’re just two big kids at heart,” Jerry gushed.

Seen enjoying carnival rides was hunky Gilles Marini, who was taking his precious little pirate-princess daughter around. He also beamed like a big kid and said, “This is as much fun for me as it is for her. I am here to see the children smile and support the camp.” Gilles sizzled last season on Dancing With the Stars (winning second place), and has now joined the cast of ABC’s Brothers and Sisters, where he promises he’ll also be showing off some hot moves.

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Another Dancing With the Stars alumni, winner Brooke Burke (Wild On) was on hand with her husband David Charvet and their kids. And Joely Fisher (’Til Death) was seen dressed like a Bollywood performer.

There were a bunch of popular teen celebrities who volunteered to do autograph signings for the youngsters who attended Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Among the young stars were Angus T. Jones from Two and a Half Men; Jake T. Austin and Jennifer Stone from Wizards of Waverly Place; Chelsea Staub and Nicole Anderson from Jonas; Tiffany Thornton, Sunny With A Chance; Debby Ryan, The Suite Life on Deck; Jason Dolley, Hatching Pete; Devon Werkheiser, Ned’s Declassified; Josh Logan, Desperate Housewives; and Radio Disney’s singer Savannah Outen.

Also on hand were the Make It Or Break It catty castmates Chelsea Hobbs, Cassie Scerbo, Josie Loren and Ayla Kell dressed like felines.

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Booboo Stewart, who has been in a bunch of horror movies, including the upcoming Twilight Saga: Eclipse, said his favorite Halloween costume was “Dressing up like Buckethead, the great mutant guitarist.”

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Some celebs got in the spirit of the season and had elaborate costumes, like redhead Bella Thorne (new to the Big Love series) who came as Little Red Riding Hood, and her brother Remy Thorne (Mental pilot) as a Court Jester. Miley’s sweet little sister Noah Cyrus (who did the kid-friendly Mostly Ghostly scary DVD movie) was dressed up like Minnie Mouse, and hung out with her pint-size friend Emily Grace (Hannah Montana: The Movie), dressed up like a Lady Bug.

Actress Judy Greer, who will be seen in the family-friendly Marmaduke movie next year, said she is happy to support Camp Ronald McDonald. It helps children with cancer and their families, providing a medically supervised camp that offers fun and friendship and a place to renew their spirits.

There was music to enjoy thanks to the carnival’s media sponsor Clear Channel Radio. Live entertainment included a special performance on the 104.3 MY-fm stage by American Idol’s Brooke White.

Lots of games and prizes and giveaways were offered. Very popular with the crowd was the Skechers booth that had tee-shirts for everyone, and a demonstration of how their new Shape-Ups fitness footwear could tone your muscles and improve your posture.

The sponsors of the wonderful event were JAKKS Cares, a division of JAKKS Pacific which has a great Halloween costume collection; United Online; M. Fredric; Disney Products; and NBC Universal. And kudos to all the wonderful volunteers who support the kids having a good time at Camp Ronald McDonald.


Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to be half of the husband and wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who have written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 30 years.

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