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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims, Journal Staff

Halloween brings out ghosts, goblins, wizards and the Invisible Man

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

There wasn't much to see for one of the most clever costumes during area Halloween celebrations: the Invisible Man at the Parker Elementary School trunk-or-treat on Friday, Oct. 27. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

Halloween activities got into overdrive beginning on Friday, Oct. 27, as most of the elementary schools allowed students to wear their costumes and some had their first trunk or treat events.

The city of La Cygne had its first trunk or treat on Friday evening on Broadway, and that was followed by a trunk or treat sponsored by the Linn County Fire Department and Linn County Health Department on Main Street in Pleasanton.

Halloween saw even more activity. Family Café in La Cygne had its traditional trunk or treat and the La Cygne Christian Church had one as well. The La Cygne Fire Department gave out hotdogs at Thayer Park.

In Pleasanton as in other communities, vehicles roamed the streets behind their kids, who ran from door to door collecting candy while mom and dad stayed warm against the unseasonable cold temperatures. The Pleasanton Library showed a Halloween-appropriate movie.

A few brave souls across the county made the rounds on haybale topped trailers. Blue Mound offered as trick-or-treat hayride as well as a movie, and Prescott sponsored a costume contest.

Parker Elementary

Above, winter made an early appearance on Friday, but the parents, teachers and students wouldn't let the cold blustery weather stop them. Using a familiar Transformers theme Pam Clinton and Paige Walters pass out candy; CHC/SEK's Susan Barrett puts candy in an child's bag, Chief's coach Andy Reid (Sarah Newman-Ratzlaff), center with friends Carissa May and Lexie Jamison) made a surprise appearance; the Egidy family went for an other worldly Men in Black theme; and students line up to fill their trick-or-treat bags with goodies.

La Cygne Trunk or Treat

At Friday night's trunk or treat, city of La Cygne staff bring a touch of glamour with a Barbie-themed photo booth that Harper, 4, had to try; the Horne family – parents Brady and Laena and children Lily and Bryce – all came in costume; Rena Tedrow offers candy to 1-year-old Oliver; Keith and Beth Smith serve candy; and Hayden, 8, opts for an eerily lighted mask.

Pleasanton trunk-or-treat

The city of Pleasanton's boat with a skelton crew hands out goodies to the kids; Pat Burns eschewed a haircut for the event as he and Nicky Burns pass out the treats; the Linn County Health Department staff, including Cynthia Frisbie, Danielle Casey and Amanda Snyder battle the cold and wind to serve warm hotdogs; Remi, 6, tries her luck at not getting caught by the alligator at the Roberts Family Dentistry table; Leslie Dumcum and Callie, go for a sports-themed trunk; and Jessica, Jacee and Kyler offer a game of Zombie Skull Toss at the Myrick Mechanical trunk.

Parker trunk-or-treat

In his T-Rex costume, Johnny, 9, and Jake, 10, dip into the candy spread on the table; family and friends enjoy the warmth of the Parker Senior Center and the hotdogs served; the Balthzor and Hastings families arrive on a trailer hayride; and Rita Kerr and Kristin Chermok serve up nachos.

Family Café

Families and friends jumped onto trailers to take them door to door; with knife in her teeth, a mechanical harlequin draws worried glances from the kids: Sherri Colmer and Danny Troth hand out the candy; Sydney Barber and her children, cheerleader Oakley and cowboy Lincoln are dressed for an evening of trick-or-treating; an inflatable version of Pokémon's Pichu and a dragon chased each other in the parking lot to everyone's delight; and straight from Hogwart's, it was wizards' night out for Erica, Sophia and Jacob Miller.

LInn County Museum

The Linn County Museum in Pleasanton opens its doors to trick-or-treaters but it was the nachos served to parents that disappeared the fastest. Museum staff Theresa Miller and Ola May Earnest serve up candy to Braylinn, Timberly and Jesse, who are quickly followed by another bunch of the many groups working the block on Halloween night.

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