CASEYVILLE — Children from Caseyville were all giggly and bright eyed as they got to shop in secret at the 49th annual Mouse House event at Village Hall.
The object of the Saturday event was for the children to be able to get something for their parents, siblings, grandparents and friends in secret.
A white curtain separated the children's side from the adult's side and there were tables and tables lined with gifts of various sizes and shapes. There were things for pets, the kitchen, the house and yard. Children hurried away from their parents to spend the money they got from Mom or other relatives, or that they had earned and saved.
All the gifts cost $1. On the other side, adults can buy inexpensive gifts for their friends and families.
The kids look forward to being able to put their presents under the Christmas tree.
Brianna Williams, 8, and her 7-year-old brother, Dominick Williams, said they said they were sure that anyone could find a gift for the person they were shopping for.
Stacy Williams brought her four children ages 16, 11, 3, and 2.
"My friend told me about it. This is my first time here. They place the kids first and I like that. This is all about the kids getting to shop and I like the prices, too," Williams said smiling.
Dana Jaenke, 40, said she has been coming to the Mouse House since she was a child. It was always fun for her. She brought her daughter and two grandchildren. And, she told Williams about it.
"It's always so much fun," she said.
Little Ryder Agney, 8 months old, tried to figure out the man in the red and white suit whose lap he was sitting on. Other children knew it was Santa Claus and some were eager to take a picture with him and some were not.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.