Pre-Halloween in Washingtonville Satisfies Younger and Older Crowds
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Like to be scared? Umm…not everyone. For a softer, gentler fright night for children up to eight years old, The Moffat Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB), with the guidance of youth librarian Emily Kinney, created and ran its annual Spooky Halloween event on Oct. 26 where children eight years old and younger followed a maze through the bookshelves to find fun trick-or-treat stations, manned by the teens dressed in costume, with games such as ghost bowling, cup stacking, feel-and-guess, face painting, spider ring toss, coloring, and other crafts. Food and beverages were available. The event lasted just long enough to satisfy the littlest boys and ghouls and still see them home with teeth brushed for bedtime.
On the other side of town, Alyson Schiraldi created and ran an edgier fright fest on Oct. 26-27, the longstanding annual Salisbury Mills Haunted Firehouse, where the interior of the building, transformed by plastic sheeting, effective lighting, props, and live creatures that chase you, turns into Washingtonville’s own homegrown terror scream park. The event’s small entry fee for every thrill-seeker always goes directly back into the firehouse, so people got scared and supported their community at the same time. The event’s signature tag line, “Costumes may protect you, but remember…we make house calls,” speaks directly to the horror ambiance created especially for older kids, teens, and adults, as well as to the vital service local fire departments, manned entirely by volunteers, provide. Not for the fainthearted, it’s always creatively executed and manned by energetic Salisbury Mills FD members, friends, and, well…zombies. Chainsaws included. To become a firefighter if you’re 16 and up, please contact your local firehouse.
Mexico’s special take on the celebrations surrounding All Souls’ Day was in full gear in Washingtonville as Oct. 26 saw the Dia de los Muertos hosted by Magdalena Sanchez, owner of Amada’s Kitchen, at The Lot in the center of the village. Children played field games such as sack racing, and enjoyed classic Halloween activities with a Mexican twist such as bobbing-for-churros.
CAPTION 1: A gypsy fortuneteller tried to read guests’ palms in one of the transformed rooms at the annual Salisbury Mills Haunted Firehouse last weekend. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 2: Children in costume discovered fun trick-or-treat stations at the Moffat Library’s Spooky Halloween, run by its Teen Advisory Board. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)