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Hagerstown Suns provide plenty of treats at stadium event

October 28, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN - Little did Ryan Mock know when he decided to dress up like a big cow Saturday at Municipal Stadium that he would run into some of his diminutive "relatives."

No sooner had the gates opened for the free trick-or-treat event hosted by the Hagerstown Suns than a youngster came in wearing a cow suit, too.

And it happened again and again to other adult characters - a big Scooby-Doo met a tiny replica, and a pint-sized elephant got quite a shock when he saw his larger pachyderm cousin.

"It's the second time we've done this," said Mock, an account representative for the Suns. "It was successful, so we decided to do it again."

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Many of those who attended said they also came last year and remember freezing to death. This year, the clouds parted and the sun came out, although there was a rather brisk wind during much of the two-hour event.

One of those who came to the first event was Marsha Plunkett, who brought her nephew, Willie Parker, this year. The 1-year-old was dressed as a pumpkin and riding in a stroller.

Marsha's mother, Dolly Woodcock, showed that one is never too "mature" to dress up for Halloween.

"I make my own outfits," Woodcock said, showing off her witching attire. "I bought the hat, but everything else I made."

Her grandchildren also dressed up for the occasion - Manuel West, 5, was a pirate, and Christell Crudup, 10, wore 1950s attire.

Brenna Boland, 5, said she was dressed as a witch. When asked if she were a good witch or a bad witch, the Fountain Rock Elementary School student said she was a bad witch, but she couldn't stop smiling.

"I saw it in the newspaper," said Sandy Stottlemyer, who brought her granddaughter, Kaylee Moser, who was quite a clown at the tender age of 1.

Then there was Kaitlin Eddy, a 6-year-old ladybug, and her friend, Sarah Witmer, aka Alice in Wonderland.

After some ghostly stories and pumpkin painting, the youngsters marched in a Halloween parade and played games. There also was a seasonal scavenger hunt with prizes.

As the wind began to kick up, another unannounced game called "Let's Chase Our Halloween Hats Across the Plaza" became routine.

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