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Greencastle learns a new trick to treating

October 31, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- It was a mixed bag of feelings Saturday night as hundreds of goblins, ghouls, princesses and pirates hit the streets of Greencastle for trick-or-treating.

For the first time in years, the Borough of Greencastle changed its official trick-or-treat night from the Thursday before Halloween to the official government holiday.

"I don't really like it this year," said Molly Flynn, 8, of Greencastle. "I liked it (trick-or-treat night) early."

The residents who turn on their lights and buy pounds of candy, until this year, had the event down to a science.

However, changing the date threw a wrench in the planning process, said Lori Tamburro, a Baltimore Street resident.

"I used to know how much candy to buy," she said. "I used to buy for more than 500 trick-or-treaters. This year, it was hard to gauge."

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Fewer children was the goal of Erika Nelson, a resident of Antrim Township who wrote the Greencastle Borough Council asking it to change trick-or-treat night.

She said "outsiders" often would fill the streets, park their cars and beg for candy.

"Families from neighboring towns, even as far away as West Virginia, come to Greencastle to have their kids trick-or-treat in our neighborhoods," she wrote.

Not everyone objects to handing out candy to visitors, Allyson Flynn said.

"I don't mind sharing the joy and candy with all kinds of kids from everywhere," she said. "I would have preferred to keep it as it was."

Still, some felt Nelson had a valid point when she told the council that having trick-or treat night on a day other than Halloween made no sense.

"I'm a fan of having Halloween on Halloween," Councilwoman Michele Emmett said.

Having just moved to Greencastle from Florida by way of about a dozen other cities, the idea of trick-or-treating on Thursday was just bizarre to Mike Coldrick and his wife, Andrea.

"You trick-or-treat on Halloween, regardless of what night of the week it is," Coldrick said. "And if you were to move it to a different night, you'd move it to a weekend night, not a weekday night."

Even after years of dressing up and hitting the streets to score candy, friends Kelsey Brewbaker, Lauren Durniak and Ashton Rockwell of Greencastle could not agree more that Halloween was the ideal night to trick-or-treat.

"It's kind of cool," Kelsey said. "It makes it kind of eerie and creepy and just fun."

While some liked it on Thursday and some preferred it on Halloween, to Delano Williams, a 30-year resident of Greencastle, the night of the week didn't matter.

"I just enjoy it," he said. "It doesn't matter to me when it is held,"

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