Per­ryville hosts first Hal­loween party of the sea­son

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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,

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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.”

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Lan­don Kitts, 5, gets help from his mom, Gla­dys Kitts, in dec­o­rat­ing his pump­kin at Per­ryville’s Hal­loween Party.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY LINDSIE PALMER

Kids en­joy the sand­box at Fair Hill In­ter­na­tional on Satur­day.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Ghost Rider, a.k.a. Dustin Laney from North East, rides around the Per­ryville Hal­loween Party Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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