Happy Halloween!

The Halloween spirit was alive and well this year as area organizations and venues hosted a wide variety of events to commemorate the holiday. In Shelburne, the fire station hosted its annual Halloween party on Sunday, October 28. Costumed children representing the Rotary Youth Exchange dressed up and gorged themselves on popcorn, hot dogs, soft drinks and various other treats of the season. The food was supplied by local Rotarians. Many of the children from the Rotary Youth Exchange were from different countries around the globe, but all in attendance enjoyed the day despite the cold weather. The Catamount Family Center in Williston hosted the Haunted Forest for two weekends in October, and once again it did not disappoint. This years show combined outdoor theater and special effects to spook all visitors into having a good time. The Haunted Forest has been around for over 25 years and is listed as one of the Top Ten Autumn events in Vermont -- as chosen by the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce. Many of the performances were sold out this year and all events were held as scheduled despite threatening weather. The non-profit organization that runs the event estimated that the event draws over 6,000 people every year. This years show included mysterious guides who lead audiences through the dark forest, along paths lit by some 1,000 pumpkins that had been carved by volunteers into Jack-O-Lanterns. During the trip along the dimly lit corridors of the woods, guests encountered a number of weird characters, performing scenes in celebration of Halloween. In between these macabre scenes, some audiences were spooked by ghoulish guests hiding amongst the trees. Over 400 volunteers made this annual treat of the senses possible with their hard work and dedication. Participation with the organization and running of the Haunted Forest is a unique way for community members to donate their time to a local non-profit that took over for the Green Mountain Audobon society after the organization decided to stop running the event.

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