By Douglas E. Hall
That holiday of ghosts, goblins, Jack-o-Lanterns and all sorts of Trick-or-Treat costumes and makeup for the holiday off to an early start on Sunday, Oct. 27 with two major parties, one at Hudson Dance Studios and the other in the Edgewater Commons parking lot sponsored by the Fitness Factory Health Club at that location.
Festivities of the three-hour party began at 1 p.m. at the Hudson Dance Studio located at Route 5 and 896 River Road. Children who are students of the studio’s Junior Dance Program (three to 10 year-olds) were joined by their friends and children visiting the studio with parents. The staff of the studio including Lauren Zaleta and Anna Trukhan got into the spirit of the holiday wearing costumes from witches to princesses. Various games that included jumping through hoops were played to the delight of all.
Then at 2 p.m. other children and parents participated in the Edgewater Commons three-hour party held for the benefit of the Public Library. A unique feature of that party were “Trunk or Treat” displays where two lines of cars, SUVs and in one case a pick up truck displayed spooky seasonal scenes. The pickup truck featured a participant dressed as Count Dracula who stepped from an upright coffin in the open truck to make scary gestures to the crowd. Games included make-a-mummy, where children wrapped their parents in toilet paper as the old Halloween favorite “Monster Mash” by Bobby Boris Pickett played on the sound system. There were many costumes worn at this party including a cocker spaniel who sported a collection of paper bones on his back.