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Hagerstown streets host trick or treat

October 30, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

HAGERSTOWN -- Six years from graduating from North Hagerstown High School, Caitlin Warnick already was donning the school's cap, gown and tassel Friday night -- for the city's annual Halloween trick or treat.

"It's my cap, her sister's gown and her brother's tassel," said Caitlin's mother, Betty Jo Warnick, who was with her daughter trick-or-treating on Jefferson Street.

"The costume was free," Caitlin said, smiling.

The depressed economy spurred Samantha Bagley to create a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader costume for her 3-year-old daughter, Bailey, with clothing she said could be worn again.

"We filled up our bucket three times," Bagley said outside an East Franklin Street residence after trekking a number of city blocks near Fairgrounds Park. "If you're gonna get (the candy), you're going to work for it."

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Along Brown Avenue, Meghan Blair, 16, was dressed as a Bollywood dancer in a flowing olive green-and-brown outfit that was inspired by "Dancing With the Stars."

"I was going to be a Native American at first, but they were out of my costume," Meghan said.

Draped in a large black trench coat, Alexandra Milan said she was dressed as a "schoolgirl vampire hunter."

"I wanted to make my own costume," Alexandra said of her outfit after digging into a bowl of candy at Ellen Rice's house along Brown Avenue, where tombstones and bones dotted a front lawn strewn with cobweb-like material.

Dressed as "The New Mad Hatter," Rice, 40, said she fashioned her own costume, including the small hat on her head made from "uncoordinated fabrics with a jaunty feather and a jewel."

A small bow from a package of chocolate pretzels she purchased at Martin's Food Market was a last-minute addition to the hat, she said.

Rice's friends, Verena Mattis, a native of Berlin, Germany, who was dressed as a she-devil, and Mary Fink, who dressed as a pirate, sat beneath a tent in the driveway as youngsters stopped by for treats.

"It's grown-ups playing dress up," Rice said.

Dressed like the Red Ranger on the children's show "Power Rangers," Rachel Noble's 4-year-old son, Linden, acted every bit of the part along Baltimore Street, wildly swinging his sizable bag of candy while making his own engine-like sound effects.

"Earlier, he didn't want to get his costume on," said Noble, of Greencastle, Pa. "He's ready to go now."

Wearing a red Dale Earnhardt Jr. racing costume, Tyrese Hawkins, 9, of Fairplay, was revved up, too.

When asked what kind of candy he received Friday night, Tyrese said "pretzels and a lot of sugar."

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