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Trick-or-Treating Time

Law enforcement agencies involved in kids’ annual fun

November 1, 2008
By KERRY McAVOY / The Leader-Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Ghosts, goblins and ghouls of all sorts came out Friday night to enjoy the annual Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating.

South Kingsboro Avenue was a popular destination for many with people packing the streets and lining up 20 deep to get candy at some of the more elaborately decorated houses.

The city Police Department also continued a tradition this year.

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Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephanie Simek, right, gives out water bottles to Gloversville residents Megan Pace, left, dressed as a pirate, and Mark Pace, dressed as Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker, at the Sheriff’s Department Friday night.

Mayor Tim Hughes, a few city council members and Gloversville officers were giving out candy in Melchoir park.

"I get a kick out of the little ones," Hughes said.

The city received a donation of more than 6,000 pieces - about $800 worth of candy - from Finkle Distributors, the Police Benevolent Association and personal donations. A half hour into the Melchoir Park giveaway, more than half the candy already was gone. Clusters of witches, Transformers and pirates crowded around the large orange buckets to pick out pieces of sweets.

The police also called in extra patrols on major trick-or-treat lanes to ensure children were safe.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department also held a trick-or-treating event, a first for the department. Deputy Stephanie Simek said the office held the event to let kids know the sheriff's office isn't something to be afraid of, but is something that is there for them.

Simek gave the children a tour of the 911 call center, showing off the office's equipment and talking to the children about what the sheriff's office does. An hour into the event, which started at 4 p.m., the office had already had about 50 children visit.

Mark Pace visited the event with his family.

"I wanted to be someone else," he said when asked why he chose his Anakin Skywalker costume.

Margaret Pace said she has been taking her children trick-or-treating for about 10 years. She said she planned to take the children to the Melchoir Park event after the sheriff's office.

Grandmother Brenda McSpirit took her granddaughter Jaycee, who was dressed as Barbie, to the sheriff's office.

"I'm trying to do it safely," said McSpirit.

Halloween festivities will continue today with the annual Halloween parade in Amsterdam. The parade was postponed due to rain last week. The village of Hagaman also will have a costume dance at Pawling Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. The Johnstown Haunted House will continue today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Johnstown Area Community Center.

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District's Key Club's Haunted House also will be open today from 6 to 8 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to enter the haunted house through the high school auditorium entrance, 100 Bridge St., and enjoy a choice of scary and not-so-scary tours.



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