Johnstown Independent

Johnstown has Halloween activities all week


Johnstown youth and the young at heart will celebrate Halloween all week long, beginning Monday and including events every day through Friday.

Village manager Judy Edwards said the village role is limited to setting the date for beggars night and keeping law and order among the ghoulies.

"We've set Trick or Treat for Thursday the 28th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m.," Edwards said. "Daylight savings happens the following weekend, so we'll still have some light for the kids to get out and about."

The week's first event will be Monday at the Willis C. Adams Middle School, where students can attend a Halloween dance, in costume or not. Willis students are in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, ages 11 to 14.

"We have a dance Monday night here in the building, from 4:30 to 6:30, Oct. 25," said Deb Hayes, building secretary. "It is early in the day, but we don't do them late. They can come in costume or school appropriate clothes."

Tuesday is the pre-schooler's turn at Mary E. Babcock Library, where the kids will enjoy trick or treat and some not-too-scary stories at 11 a.m. Oct. 26. Children are invited to dress in costume for the story, which will last about 45 minutes. The library will pass out candy.

On Wednesday it's the turn of the Johnstown High School students, who will use their weekly Johnny period to have a costume contest and student council fundraiser.

"They're planning a costume contest Wednesday morning as part of our Johnny period activities," said Bruce Huffman, social studies teacher and student council adviser. "We'll vote on the best costumes, and the winners will get small bags of candy."

Huffman said the costumes can be creative and are influenced by the times.

"It depends on the year," Huffman said. "This year one of the English classes, Honors English 12, is planning on a "Lord of the Rings" theme, which they have read. We've had Star Wars costumes, it runs the whole gamut.

"For us it's sort of a fundraiser for student council," he said. "Students have to pay a dollar, then we use that money later on to pay for activities, Homecoming dance and things like that."

Thursday everyone collects the loot, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The week winds up on Friday, with the elementary students enjoying a scary afternoon of parades and costumes.

"They're doing the parade Friday at 2 p.m., then throughout the afternoon the classrooms will do their individual parties," said secretary Debbie Lowe of Oregon Elementary School, home to first-, second- and third-graders.

"We do a parade and all the kids get to dress up and walk a little loop here in our school on Friday," said Searfoss Elementary School secretary Holly Orr. Searfoss serves kindergartners and children in grades four and five. "A couple of the classrooms are trying to dress up as book characters, rather than anything too scary."