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Carving out Halloween fun

Webster City gets ready to greet ghosts and goblins

October 24, 2012
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Halloween, a night of candy, costumes and scares is almost upon us. Residential trick or treat night is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night in Webster City. But, trick or treaters have several other activities and opportunities for candy as the holiday nears.

Fuller Hall is hosting a preschool Halloween party in the gymnasium from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. In addition to candy, Fuller Hall offers stations staffed by employees with games to play with preschoolers. That same day, Fuller Hall will host a middle school activity night from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. There will be a dance and a live DJ with food and drink available. Recreation and Public Grounds Director Kent Harfst said the events are always a good time.

"We've been holding these events for years and it's fun to see kids of all ages dressed up for Halloween," Harfst said. "It's a good place for parents to bring their kids in the morning and the middle school dance is fun event."

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Residential trick or treat night is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night in Webster City.

On Halloween, Oct. 31, there will be a downtown merchant trick or treat from 4 to 6 p.m., sponsored by the Webster City Chamber of Commerce. The chamber estimates that 200 to 300 kids go around to the downtown businesses every year for trick or treating. Participating businesses will have an orange pumpkin sign outside.

Southfield Wellness Community is also hosting a trick or treat event on Halloween from 4 to 6 p.m. Southfield Marketing Coordinator Marilyn Middleton said both the apartments and care center will participate in giving out about $600 worth of candy. Southfield residents will dress up and give out candy in front of their rooms for over 300 people that attend annually. Middleton said the trick or treating, and a contest for best decorations, help residents get in the Halloween spirit.

"The residents feel like they're part of this. They can reminisce about trick or treating with their own children and get to meet a lot of passing trick or treaters," Middleton said.

Crestview Senior Living will also be greeting trick or treaters in front of their building on Halloween from 3:30 to 5 p.m. About 25 residents will sit outside to give out candy to trick or treaters.



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