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Cool temps in store for Halloween

Published 9:38pm Monday, October 29, 2012

Good weather or bad, the holiday must go on. This part of the country can be hit or miss when it comes to weather for Halloween. Luckily for children in Suffolk and Hampton Roads, Hurricane Sandy will miss trick-or-treating.

Even so, Sandy brought some colder-than-usual temperatures for all the ghosts and goblins heading door to door on Wednesday night.

There are quite a few opportunities for children to get all dressed up, but still stay indoors.

The Suffolk Department of Parks and Recreation East Suffolk Recreation Center’s second annual Halloween Festival will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the East Suffolk Recreation Center. This free event offers children 12 and younger the opportunity to enjoy bounce houses, a reptile display, food, candy bags, games, music, crafts and contests. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call 514-4508.

I distinctly remember the weather being anything from quite warm, humid to rainy to chilly on Halloweens during my trick-or-treating years.

For many years, I used my ballet recital leotards and tutus for my Halloween costumes. I was a fairy princess, princess ballerina, fairy ballerina, etc. The costume didn’t vary much … a magic wand here, a princess crown with glitter there. One year, I decided to rock the boat and be a bunny rabbit for All Hallow’s Eve. It was so cold that year that I had to wear my bunny tail on the outside of my winter coat.

For those interested in hitting the streets and neighborhoods, trick-or-treating in Suffolk is only for children 12 and younger and ends at 8 p.m. on Halloween night.

Among my favorite Halloween memories are the fall festivals at our church. I always enjoyed the cakewalks, bobbing for apples and face painting.

It was a fun, safe way to celebrate the holiday.

Several local churches are holding fall festivals on Wednesday:

4Sixth Street Baptist Church, 324 Goodman St., will host its annual Harvest Fest and Trunk-or-Treat at 6 p.m. There will be face-painting, games, prizes, food and plenty of treats. For more information, call 539-7087.

4Tabernacle of Praise FGBC, 5283 Windsor Blvd. in Zuni, will celebrate Harvest Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Comedian Wendy Lee will be the special guest. For more information, call 242-3638.

4Southside Baptist Church, 917 Carolina Road, will host Harvest Fest 2012 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There is no admission, food, ride or games fees. There will be a bounce house, rock climbing, hay rides, candy prizes, chili cook-off, cakewalk and more. For more information, call Wayne Turner at 539-8816.

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