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Hungry trick or treaters find fun, treats on South Whidbey

By CELESTE ERICKSON
South Whidbey Record General assignment
November 3, 2013 · Updated 8:21 AM
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Jessi Lacewell, 3, and Piper Pontius, 4, think long and hard before deciding on a piece of candy while trick-or-treating Thursday. / Celeste Erickson / The Record

Residents roamed South Whidbey sidewalks and events Thursday with one goal — candy.

Langley’s Spooktacular drew many ghosts, supermen and Disney princesses to the business center seeking treats.

Four-year-old Piper Pontius dressed as Rapunzel for the night along with her sister Jessi Lacewell, 3, who wore a costume she conceived herself — “spiderina.” This was their second Halloween trick-or-treating in Langley.

Pontius said she enjoyed decorating her house and getting candy this Halloween.

Later in the evening, many families walked over to Island Church’s 22nd annual Harvest Carnival in Langley.

The carnival featured more than 40 games ranging from the silly to skillful. Children played darts, tested their strength at the “Ring the Bell” game and practiced their memory skills with a game of cup stacking.

“Everyone wins here,” said event organizer Yvonne Klopfenstein. “It’s fun family time.”

The carnival provides a safe place for families to come together and be together on Halloween, she said.

“It’s fun to see families play together and do activities,” Klopfenstein said.

Senior Pastor Dwight Ford said the event provides good outreach for the church and is also an alternative to trick-or-treating. Ben Watanabe / The Record | Diavonte DeGrace, left, and Graham Colar, blast the trumpet during Langley Middle School’s Creepy Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

“This is another way to get people into the church,” he said.

Ford said he wants to show people who don’t attend that the church can be a place to have fun.

The event included 140 volunteers to help with security and managing games.

Klopfenstein estimated about 700 to 800 people attended this year. She said it’s hard to give an exact number because of the many entrances into the carnival.

Sally Berry, a food kitchen volunteer at the event, said she was having a fantastic time this year. She served hot dogs, chips and soda at the event. Profits from the meals benefit the church’s youth group.

“It’s so cute to watch the kids in costumes,” she said. “Everyone is just so cute, it’s hard to choose a favorite.”

 

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