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October 27, 2010

Halloween in Science Hill

Science Hill is super spooky this week

Somerset — So what’ll it be?

Would you rather take in an extra scary haunted house to get your frights in before the Halloween season is over, or would you rather play it safe in the daylight and take in a parade featuring local costumed school students?

Or both?

If you’re around the Science Hill area this week, you’re in luck. In the days leading up to Halloween, which, this year, is on Sunday, those in the small community are preparing for the festivities.

If you’d like to see some of the more creative costumes to come out of the county this year, you can attend the 2010 Halloween Parade at Science Hill Independent School.

“It’s a huge event,” said Science Hill Superintendent Rick Walker.

Walker said the parade became tradition in the years when students still attended the old Science Hill School building in downtown Science Hill. The teachers would take the kids out into the streets for a parade to let parents and residents alike take in the creative, colorful costumes dreamed up by the students.

“Once they built the new school, people started coming from home to see all the kids dressed up,” Walker said.

Science Hill now sits just off of N. U.S. 27.

Walker said he was surprised by the passion displayed by students and school staff members alike for Halloween when he began his tenure eight years ago.

“I was excited,” he said. “It tickled me because I had never been to a school with a Halloween celebration or, for that matter, a fall festival like this.”

The day’s festivities, which are scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 29, kick off with pumpkin decorating contests, and a costume contest — which can become very competitive — is also carried out. Students can enter only if their costumes are home-made. Some students wear store-bought costumes and elect to sit the contest out.

If you just can’t wait until Friday for the Halloween festivities, or if you’re looking for something a little scarier, the Science Hill Haunted House, which is open throughout this week up until Halloween night, may be just for you.

Look to the infor-mation elsewhere on this page for times and cost for the haunted house, which features 13 rooms of frightening fun!

And on Halloween Eve, trick-or-treaters can take to the city streets — with a focus on safety, of course — between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Below are a few recommendations for Trick-Or-Treating:

• Have each child carry or wear something lit, such as a flashlight, glow bracelet or necklace, or flashing attire for visibility. Light-up shoes are also practical, and noticeable on a dark night.

• Parents, plan out a route in advance and check it during the daylight for such obstacles as broken sidewalks (or no sidewalks), construction timber, or other obstacles that could trip up trick or trickers. Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods or areas.

• Require that the kids wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes, preferably sneak-ers, to help avoid any falls.

• Avoid costumes that drag on the ground. While cute initially, costumes that drag can trip up little feet, get caught on bushes, and create a tussle that sometimes results in the child wanting to remove the costume.

• Trick or treaters should walk, not run, and should never cut across lawns or driveways. Obstacles could exist that aren't readily visible in the evening.

• Only carry flexible props, such as knives, swords, ninja items, etc., that can't cause injury if a kid accidentally falls.

• Only trick or treat at houses that are lit.

• Think "practical" over "cute" when picking a trick or treat goody bag or container. Some of seemingly-fun ones sold in stores are heavy before any treats are added; others are too long and will drag the ground or have sharp edges that could scrape against skin.


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