Mt. Vernon Register-News

October 31, 2007

Halloween notes


Be safe tonight, everyone, and look out for the ghosts and goblins roaming the neighborhoods.

There are still children dressing up as ghosts and goblins, right? Or am I dating myself with that statement?

Our kids will be a miniature version of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and a bumblebee. And the costumes fit the personalities of our 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

Our dilemma is this: Both my wife and I want to take our kids trick or treating tonight, so we will be forced to miss out on the joy of handing out candy to other neighborhood kids.

Have fun tonight.

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We took the kids to the Junior Master Gardeners' Spooky Garden Walk in rural Bluford on Monday night, and it was a hit.

The walk was not so spooky as to keep the kids up when we got home, yet was intriguing enough to keep their attention and create laughter.

Their favorite part: Getting to decorate pumpkins to take home. My favorite part: It was free.

Theresa Greene, leader of the Junior Master Gardeners, told me money is raised throughout the year for the young gardeners to put on the spooky garden walk.

I know it is late notice now, but this thing is well worth the drive to get there. Kudos to Ms. Greene and the Junior Master Gardeners for their efforts. I know our kids really enjoyed the experience, and appreciate the opportunity to decorate pumpkins this week.

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As a staff, we enjoyed putting together the recent "Fall Fun Zones" series for the paper. I know I personally found it informative, as I read about some of the events I did not know existed while also learning new things about the ones with which I already was familiar.

If we didn't get to your fall fun zone, remember to let us know early next year so we can include it when we do the series again.