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Linton library hosts Halloween party

Monday, October 31, 2011

Luke Jerrells assists Alex Lee, 4 and dressed as a "Top Gun" pilot as he prepares to bowl during the Linton Public Library's Halloween party.
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Evan William Smock, 7, was a none-too-grim reaper Saturday as he stood in the Linton Public Library, his plastic chains attempting to clank as he wielded his scythe among the stacks.

"I like this costume because it's just scary," Smock explained, grinning despite his ghoulish make-up as he participated in the library's Halloween party for those in second grade or younger.

The event, held during the Fall Festival from 1 to 2:30 p.m., featured a costume contest, storytelling, pumpkin decorating, games and prizes.

Evan William Smock, 7, dresses up as the Grim Reaper during Saturday's Halloween Party at the Linton Public Library.
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Smock's aunt, Tonya Bell, praised the effort as safe fun for children during the Halloween weekend.

"I think it's great for the kids," she said.

Her nephew concurred.

"I like it here because it's quiet and fun. I mostly like quiet," he explained.

Still, in the meeting room nearby, things were getting raucous. Kids dressed as princesses, pirates and superheroes pinned the nose on Jack-O-Lanterns or bowled down a stack of toilet tissue rolls replete with ghostly countenances pasted on their paper fronts.

Winners received stickers or spider bracelets. Smock, one of the first to take the prize, chose a black sticker festooned with skulls which he immediately stuck on his scythe, adding a spooky decoration.

Waiting in line to bowl down the rolls, Emma Budd, 8, was dressed as a bat, while her friend Alexis Frye, 7, was a dead bride, her pale, painted face almost as white as her bridal gown.

"The kids are having a blast," said James Carnes, whose three children Seth, 9, Alleigh, 6, and Zoie, 3, came dressed as a pirate and two monkeys.

"I'm a winner," Alleigh exulted, fresh from pinning a nose properly on a paper Jack-O-Lantern.

Proud grandmother Marianne Fields helped her granddaughter Madison Russell, 6 and dressed as Tinker Bell, as she wound her way through a room packed with kids.

"I think it's really nice for all the kids at Halloween," Fields said. "I just decided to help out."

Nearby, Luke Jerrells assisted Alex Lee, 4, who was dressed as a "Top Gun" pilot as he readied to bowl.

Outside the library, sitting on the bed of a pickup truck in the warm afternoon sun, cousins Bronson Wade and Joseph Seman, both 6 and from Jasonville, decorated pumpkins.

Two tiny plastic vampires, their fangs frozen in a grin, danced atop Wade's pumpkin, which wore paper glasses with spiraling effects.

Wade's cousin Seman, dressed up as the robot Optimus Prime from "Transformers," favored bats and ghosts for his decorations, sticking the tiny figurines into the pumpkin's top with a pin.

Joseph's mom, Heather Roe, said the two cousins are close.

"They're best friends. They were born three weeks apart, and they do everything together."

"I like bats," he explained. "My favorite thing about Halloween? Trick or treating."

Dressed up as Luigi, a character from "Super Mario Brothers," Wade placed, then replaced the two ghouls, aiming for the best effect.

"I did that for fun," he said.

Still, either child could bring home a prize. The library's hosting an all-ages pumpkin decorating contest. Organizers will award three winners in the adult, teens aged 12 to 17, and children's categories.

Supporters were allowed to vote for the best pumpkins by depositing their spare change in numbered jars, with the decorated gourds that received the most money declared the most smashing pumpkins.

Votes continued through Halloween on Monday, and the winners will be announced today.

Children's librarian Phyllis Franklin said Saturday's turnout for the 90-minute party exceeded her expectations.

"We've probably gotten in around 48 kids, and I was planning for 40," she said. "So it's far better than I expected."

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