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Preparing for a spooky time

By Staff | Oct 3, 2008

Area youth had plenty to do at the partieis sponsored by the Estherville Halloween Association last year. EDN file photo

The bewitching time is nearing when masked figures, some ghastly, will be dominating the community scene asking for treats and threatening with tricks.

Once the begging concludes on the evening of Friday, Oct. 31, Estherville youth will be treated to age-appropriate parties during the evening of Saturday, Nov. 1

Greg Langford, president of the Estherville Halloween Association, announced the following schedule:

n From 6-8 p.m., children in pre-school-second grade, will be welcomed at the Estherville Fire Hall for games, food and costume contest.

n The VFW will be the place for third and fourth graders to congregate from 6-8 p.m. They too will be treated with a costume contest, food and games.

n Students in fifth and sixth grade can attend their party at Skateland from 7-9 p.m. Skatinig, games and food will be available.

n A dance at the Estherville Lincoln Central Middle School gymnasium is planned for students in seventh and eighth grades from 7-10 p.m. They will be entertained by “The Best of” Jerry Gladis of Tracy, Minn. Those attending will be treated to pizza.

n ELC students in grades 9-12 can attend a dance in the high school cafeteria from 9-midnight. They too will be dancing to music provided by “The Best of” Jerry Gladis. The featured fare for this crowd will be pizza.

Langford reminded that youth attend all of these parties free of charge because individuals and businesses choose to donate for many good reasons.

“They want to give the kids something to do for the Halloween holiday and be safe while doing it. It’s one way to keep our youth off the streets and out of mischief.”

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Estherville Halloween Association, can do so by one of two ways:

n Drop off your money or check to Mike Martens, association treasurer, at the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department.

n Mail your donation to Martens c/o Emmet County Sheriff’s Department, 114 N. Sixth St., Estherville IA 51334.

“Whatever the size of the contribution, we will greatly appreciate your generosity as will the kids,” Langford said.