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Harvesting Halloween

October 27, 2005

The spirit of Halloween seems to be catching in Eudora.

Costumed kids of all kinds will have the opportunity to trick, treat and show off their best costumes at a variety of citywide events.

The fun will range from a trick or treating bonanza downtown, to a sweet-toothed pumpkin-decorating contest to some ghoulish fun in a parking lot.

If the concept of keeping the kids at home all weekend isn't appealing, or if one merely wants to join in on the community fun, here's a guide to some of the events.

CITY HALL

The Eudora City Hall will offer Halloween treats until 4:30 p.m. Monday for anyone who would like to stop and trick-or-treat at the city office, 4 East Seventh St.

DOWNTOWN TREATS

Last year little ones came from all over. Ghosts, vampires and princesses took over Main Street.

With bags in hand, the youngsters wandered from store to store getting more candy at each stop.

Susan Ashley, organizer of this year's downtown Halloween event, said she saw more than 400 kids come last year.

This year might be even better.

"We're excited. The chamber gave us $100 worth of candy to get us started, but we'll sure need a lot more than that," Ashley said.

The trick or treating will last from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, and 15 stores will participate this year, Ashley said.

Ashley said the event is always a good draw because it brings more kids to town and offers a safe place for children to have their Halloween fun.

"I just think it's a better alternative,"

Ashley said. "Plus, we have better candy."

HAVE PUPMKIN, WILL CARAMEL

To take part in Eudora's first "Sweetest Pumpkin Contest," all that's required is a pumpkin and some imagination.

The Eudora Post Office and Hershey's® will supply the rest.

The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pilla Park West across from the City Hall in the 600 block of Main Street. The contest is open to children ages six to 12.

The goal is to make the best pumpkin design.

"Hopefully, they'll come with ideas already," Eudora Postmaster Georgia Brown said.

Hershey's sent the post office more than 20 bags of candy and prizes for the best job, Brown said.

Most of the basics will be supplied for the contestants.

"We'll have glue, we'll have candy, but if they want to have pipe cleaners or cloth they'll need to bring them themselves," Brown said.

The winners of Saturday's contest will be able to upload their pictures for a chance to win the national "Sweetest Pumpkin" contest.

Although the creative possibilities will be nearly endless, there are a few rules.

Only Hershey's candy can be used when decorating. All decorating must be done during the allotted time and any pumpkin carving is cause for disqualification.

With candy and prizes ready, all that's left is to see how many will turn out to prepare the prettiest pumpkin.

"I know I'm going to have a few kids," Brown said. "We're going to have a poster at the library, and we've a poster here. I don't know, we'll see. I hope the weather holds."

TRUNK OR TREAT

The idea for the United Methodist Church's "Trunk or Treat" originally came from the East Coast.

It's a trick or treat alternative event that involves cars -- a circle of cars -- and an empty parking lot.

Kids go from car to car getting their holiday candy.

"Basically the reason we do it is because it's a safe alternative for the little ones to trick or treat if they don't want to go from house to house, or if they are too little to do that anyway," event organizer Carol Schmidt said.

Schmidt said the church's former pastor Jeff Shepardson brought the idea from when he served in New York.

Last year the church tried it here and now it's ready to go again.

The trunk or treat event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the empty lot at the northwest corner of 14th and Church streets.

"It's pretty much just a come and go type thing and a lot of people got a kick out of it," Schmidt said.

It's also an outlet for older people who don't have young kids in their neighborhood to enjoy the season, Schmidt said.

Schmidt estimated 50 kids came to the event last year.

"I personally ran out of candy so we had quite a lot of kids that come through," Schmidt said.

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