The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 4, 2012

Ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggity beasties: Sweet time for trickers and treaters

BECKLEY — Disney characters danced, princesses processed, ghouls guffawed and zombies zoomed through the dusk-fallen streets of Beckley Saturday. It may have been pushed back to Nov. 3 due to Superstorm Sandy, but it was All Hallow’s Eve for trick-or-treaters who filled Woodlawn Avenue from as far away as Fayetteville.

“I was kind of worried until they told us we would have trick-or-treat on Saturday. Then I thought we were lucky and I was relieved,” said Madelyn Grimmett, 10, who was dressed like a “dark bride.”

For Madelyn, the best part of trick-or-treating is getting to dress up and see her friends’ costumes.

Eva Hunt, 6, had the most prevailing sentiment Saturday. Through giggles Eva, who was dressed as a snow princess, said her favorite part of the holiday is “just getting candy.”

Rachel Eans, 9, wore a “Scream” mask that she could make drip blood with a hand-held pump.

She dripped blood profusely while she agreed the best part of Halloween is candy.

Trick-or-treating is fun even if it came a little late, she said.

“I’m really having fun. I’m glad to be trick-or-treating,” added 7-year-old Jack Grimmett.

He also said he was surprised to see so many treaters turned out.

Emma Feijo was handing out candy on her porch and also was surprised by the number of kids.

She said she prepared 50 bags and those were long gone just 20 minutes into the evening.

Other homeowners on the street said they try to plan for at least 300, but Saturday may have brought even more trick-or-treaters than usual to Beckley’s streets.

Pansey Rowe, from the Fayetteville area, said it was too snowy and cold Wednesday for her 4- and 7-year olds to hit the streets.

“We thought we would bring them up here so they wouldn’t miss out,” she explained.

Other parents made sure to celebrate Halloween from the comfort of their homes Wednesday.

Jennifer Cox, of Mabscott, said she and her 4-year-old Addison and 2-year-old Ahmond enjoyed candy and some Halloween movies to mark the occasion — just in case trick-or-treat wasn’t rescheduled.

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