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Hagerstown residents Light the Night on Halloween with treats, divine message

November 01, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Instead of giving children just candy during Wednesday night's trick-or-treat festivities in Hagerstown, Mike Mowen gave hot dogs, chips and juice.

Mowen and about 10 other residents gathered at a well-lit home on Beechwood Drive, where they offered warm treats with a divine message.

"We feel that Halloween is (known) as a night to celebrate Satan," he said. "We decided to give it to the Lord ... To glorify Him even on a Satanic night like this."

Mowen said Wednesday marked the fourth year that he and his friends have celebrated Light the Night.

"We're just trying to give a little encouragement to the people here today," he said.

A few blocks away on Columbia Road, Pete Frank was trying to do just the opposite.

He said his niece and stepson spent about an hour earlier in the day setting up a haunted house in their front yard to frighten people.

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The display featured, among other things, a smoke machine, mechanical bats, eerie music and an evil clown.

As people entered, Frank, wearing a clown mask, pulled a string that popped off the head of a stuffed dummy sitting near the entrance.

Nyjee Williams and Marquis Owens, both 13, said it took them five minutes to summon the courage to venture inside.

"I don't like clowns," Nyjee said as other kids exited the house in a screaming frenzy. "The mist ... I don't do that."

Donna Hovermill had a more serene set-up at the front of her Beechwood Drive home. She sat on a step and handed out candy to children who were dressed in myriad costumes, including devils, vampires and Darth Vader.

"This is one of my favorite times of year," she said. "I just enjoy the kids. It's a lot of fun."

Hagerstown Police Lt. Richard T. Reynolds said the police department had six extra officers on duty to provide extra security during the night.

"We've had no problems whatsoever," he said.

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