Perryville hosts first Halloween party of the season
— With historic Rodgers Tavern as a backdrop, children in costumes decorated pumpkins, ate candy and drank cider to celebrate Halloween Friday afternoon.
Perryville had the honor of hosting the first family holiday party for the season, which attracted families from all over Cecil County.
“There’s always really good activities here,” Gladys Kitts said.
Kitts, from Elkton, brought her son Landon, 5,
to the party that included two inflatable bounce houses, corn hole and a hay bale maze.
Brittany Crockett stood near the maze as her 3-yearold daughter Kayci concentrated on the lollipop she found in her goody bag. Crockett had dressed her toddler up in overalls and a red striped shirt to resemble the horror movie character, “Chuckie.”
“She has the red hair,” the Elkton mom said. “It was kind of a must.”
Paula Testerman, a Perryville resident, waited while her son Mitchell, 4, polished off one of the many cupcakes given out at the party hosted by the town. As the miniature Robin licked frosting off his lips, Testerman agreed this was a good party.
“This is the first time I’ve been here,” she added. “It’s nice.”
Melissa Willis appreciated that Perryville’s party came well ahead of other celebrations.
“Usually I have to pick and choose,” the North East woman said. “I like that they
had it early.”
Rising Sun’s Fall Spooktacular is Oct. 22 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. while Elkton’s Halloween Parade is held Oct. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. Then the party moves to Port Deposit on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Trick or Treating throughout Cecil County is Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
With more than two weeks to go, Cienna Lilly came to Perryville’s party without a costume. However, the 10-year-old has that costume planned.
“I’m going to be a zombie basketball player,” she said, adding that her dad is fine with her trashing some clothes to get the morbid look. “I have tons of basketball clothes so it’s OK.”
As he watched his son Chase, 2, place rings on a game, Doug Baldwin surveyed the party and declared it a success.
“It’s good. It’s good for the kids,” Baldwin, from Perryville, said. “Everybody is having a good time.”
Landon Kitts, 5, gets help from his mom, Gladys Kitts, in decorating his pumpkin at Perryville’s Halloween Party.
Kids enjoy the sandbox at Fair Hill International on Saturday.
Ghost Rider, a.k.a. Dustin Laney from North East, rides around the Perryville Halloween Party Friday afternoon.