The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 4, 2012

Ashtabula County kids finally get their day of fun

By WARREN DILLAWAY - warren@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

— Hurricane Sandy delayed the fun, but didn’t still the thunder from trick or treaters in the area.

After a four-day delay, due to the brutal antics of the Superstorm, children put on their costumes and hit the streets in several area communities including Ashtabula, Conneaut, North Kingsville and Kingsville Township.

The fun spread to adults as well.

“I love this. I have a great time. This is probably the 30th time I’ve dressed up as a witch,” said Joyce Kren while wearing a mask, black cape and holding candy in a large plastic pumpkin on West 45th Street in Ashtabula Saturday evening.

Gabby Sherbeyn and Courtney Smith played back-up scare meisters. “Me and my friend wanted to scare little kids,” Sherbeyn said with ghoulish chuckle.

The four-day wait was likely a good idea for all involved, but provided a little bit of a challenge for excited little children. “They were getting antsy,” said Odessa Finn while trick or treating with her children Chester Foster, 10, and Ashley McCabe, 5, all of Ashtabula.

Large packs of parents and children dressed in a wide variety of costumes roamed the city with a large concentration in the State Road area where many home owners take their trick or treating seriously.

Fifteen miles a way in Conneaut Williams Street was showing its scary side as well.  Two portions of the road are blocked off so trick or treaters can walk safely to numerous homes decorated with Halloween finery.

Randy Saklos, who has been dressing up his house for decades, draws people from three states and Saturday evening was no different.

“This is the second year we’ve come,” said Nina Skelton who made the trip across the stateline from West Springfield.

“It’s a nice neighborhood,” said Amanda Spencer, also from West Springfield.

The West Springfield residents said their community held trick or treating on Wednesday as planned, but had a miserable evening of rain and wind.

Leaders in North Kingsville and Kingsville Township made the evening special for area children with a variety of special options Saturday evening.

For the second year, city leaders gathered numerous vehicles, decorated in appropriately scary ways, at the village offices for an evening of horse-drawn carriage rides, food and trunk or treating.

“They love this,” said Ann Pauley while hiding behind a “spider web” while seated on the back of her vehicle. She said the children ask if the arachnid on the web is a real spider.

Rain and chilly temperatures made for a brisk trick or treating experience, but nobody seemed too upset. “It’s a little chilly, but everybody has had open bags and a smile on their face,” Pauley said.

Emmy Mauro approached her brother, North Kingsville Mayor Terry McConnell, about creating the activity last year and saw it take off this year.

“We’ve had such a good turnout,” Mauro said while holding her small dog all dressed up in a Halloween costume.

In addition to the activities at the village headquarters police and emergency medical workers were spread throughout the village providing treats and making sure the experience was safe for all.

Kingsville Township also had their safety forces out on the street protecting and treating young children. The fire hall was also open for trick-or-treat fun.

Much of the activity was based around the township square adjacent to the library as churches and other organizations provided food, drink and fun for the children.