Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Holiday Mode Parties, Costumes, Neighborly Fun Signal Halloween's Lurking About

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Holiday Mode Parties, Costumes, Neighborly Fun Signal Halloween's Lurking About

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Festivities abound this weekend for small goblins, gremlins and ghosts from St. Charles to Warrenton. Activities include parties, trick-or-treating in retail areas, a parade, Halloween village, a neighborhood yard exhibit and more.

Of course, adults are invited, too. O'FALLON

A group of neighbors on Babble Creek Drive in the Ridgetop Estates subdivision in O'Fallon will march together in O'Fallon's Halloween parade at 6 p.m. Saturday. They will carry a sign reading "The Babble Creek Friends wish you a Happy Halloween."

Toni Allen-Swisher is the organizer. Toni, her husband, Dale Swisher, and their two preschoolers are a military family who move frequently. They are grateful to live in a neighborhood where people convene for picnics and parades, said Allen-Swisher.

"Last year we marched in the parade as a family. Our neighbors saw how much fun we were having, so we got everyone together this year," she said.

Most of the participants in this year's parade are walkers, with few floats and community groups, said Vicki Cross, recreation programmer for O'Fallon.

Parade participants will line up at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Zumwalt North Middle School on Sonderen Street. The parade starts at 6 p.m. heading north on Sonderen, west on Pitman, north on Main Street and west on Civic Park Drive ending at Civic Park. There is still time for marchers to sign up and for businesses along the parade route to volunteer to hand out candy Cross said. To register, call 240-5555, Ext 403. ST. CHARLES

Halloween highlights in St. Charles include an Autumn Walk from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the St. Charles Commons neighborhood bounded by Fifth, Clark, Kingshighway and Randolph Streets. Yards will be decorated with scarecrows, pumpkins and haystacks. Awards will be given for the most original displays. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Some of the outdoor exhibits were set up well before the event, said Commons Association president Claire Lockett.

"The event gives the Commons an opportunity to invite friends, relatives and newcomers to view this neighborhood of historic homes and serene atmosphere that we are so proud of and work so hard to preserve," Lockett said.

Lighted pumpkins along North and South Main Streets will designate the merchants who will have treats from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday for children younger than age 12. Officers with D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) will pass out candy and trick-or-treat bags at the St. Charles Tourism Center, 230 South Main Street.

Also on Tuesday is a Halloween Extravaganza from 6 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall, Blanchette Park, for children ages 3 to 12 and their families. Game booths, prizes, candy, storytelling, costume contests and refreshments are highlights of the free event.

Around 300 people pass through three rooms in Memorial Hall each year said Recreation Coordinator Rebecca Reese. …

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