Valley families needed to be well-equipped outside in the driving rain on Halloween night. The LeGendre family posed for us on their front lawn, having popped home to get some gloves for those frozen fingers. Michael and Sarah LeGendre (rear) are pretty creepy looking ghouls, while their kids were less scary: firefighter Brody, deer Sidney and Kendra the vampire.
Other families stopped by a dark and creepy old train station to get treat bags for the kids and examine the horrible items on offer: monster ears, zombie fingers, Frankenstein’s eyeballs, ghost poop and vampire brains. Student volunteers earned community hours by assisting MV Recreation and Community Development Coordinator Stephanie Plebon. CAO Suzanne Klatt handed out hotdogs and drinks while members of Council Mark Willmer, David Shulist and Carl Bromwich dressed up to scare visitors to the 125-year-old building which was, of course, haunted for the evening.
Suitably creepy decorations at the station; witch (Jordyn Plebon) and ninja (Brady Plebon) at the treat table
Volunteers Justin Bedard, Amelia Brotton, Rachel Brotton; trick-or-treaters Wolfgang and Amy Desrochers
For those children brave enough to step over the threshold for some Witch’s Brew, Spiderman served up free hot chocolate at Madawaska Coffee further up the Opeongo Line.
Menacing doormat at Madawaska Coffee; Joey Lee Wah as Spiderman
Elsewhere in the village, it was a dark and stormy night as families used cars and umbrellas so their ghosts and goblins could fill their goody bags with Halloween treats. Some houses looked particularly spooky but that didn’t stop the youngsters from having fun as they rushed from door to door.
Paisley Norlock dressed for the weather; she was unafraid of the cemetery humour at Dwayne Brotton’s on Dunn Street. His front yard offered some groaners for the adults with tombstone inscriptions Barry D. Alyve, M.T. Box, I.M. Agoner, Chris P. Bacon, and worse – thanks to Nancy Phanenhour who was in charge of decor.