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October 28, 2011

Area organizers ready for Halloween events

Halloween trick-or-treating and other activities start today and continue through Monday, and goblins will have to observe curfews in at least three local communities on some nights.

SUNY Oneonta will have activities for children this afternoon and tonight, and a Zombie Walk is set for Saturday afternoon.

The annual Halloween parade in Oneonta will be at 7 p.m. Monday. Before the parade, Main Street Oneonta will sponsor trick-or-treating between 3 and 5 p.m. More than 25 businesses are participating, according to the downtown promotion organization.

Southside Mall in Oneonta will celebrate "Malloween" from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Today, at the State University College at Oneonta, children and families from Oneonta and surrounding area are invited to participate in back-to-back Halloween events.

From 4 to 6 p.m., the Order of Omega, an honor society for sorority and fraternity members, will host a Halloween carnival featuring face painting, bobbing for apples and other activities in the Hunt College Union on campus.

Beginning at 6 p.m., student volunteers will lead trick-or-treaters and accompanying adults to residence halls, where students will have snacks and other treats, a media release said. Students will meet trick-or-treaters at two locations _ the Hunt College Union and the Craven Lounge in the Morris Conference Center. Trick-or-treating will conclude at 8 p.m.

SUNY Oneonta has been inviting community children to trick-or-treat on campus for more than 10 years. More information is available from the college's Office of Residential Community Life at 436-2514.

At 4 p.m. Saturday in the lower level of the Oneonta city parking garage, "zombies" will sign up for a walk downtown at 5 p.m.

Anna Marie Lipari of Otego said her daughter told her about a Zombie Walk in Utica and the event sounded like fun. Lipari said she and Steve Benevides of Oneonta organized Saturday's walk, including applying for a city permit and launching Oneonta Zombie Walk on Facebook.

The walk is free but donations will be collected for the United Way's Flood Relief Fund, Lipari said. Another goal is to inspire creativity and spontaneous theatrics through community participation and costumes, the Facebook page said.

The walk on sidewalks will loop from Market Street to Lower Main Street, then to Main Street and back to Market Street and the parking garage. Lipari said prizes will be awarded.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," she said. "I hoping we get a decent turnout."

Among other activities and curfews, according to media releases:

"¢ The Sertoma Club is organizing the parade Monday in the city of Oneonta this year. Lineup will be at 6:15 p.m. on Elm Street near Main St., with costume judging to begin at about 6:30 p.m.

The parade will travel on Main Street to Chestnut Street Extension to Market Street and into the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, where refreshments will be served. Oneonta High School and Middle School marching bands will participate, a media release said.

"¢ At Southside Mall on state Route 23 in Oneonta, trick-or-treating will start at 4 p.m. Monday. Registration for a costume contest will close at 5:45 p.m., and the contest will start at 6:15 p.m.

"¢ In the town of Oneonta on Monday, a curfew will be in effect that requires children 16 and younger to be off town streets after 9 p.m. The curfew does not apply to youths with a parent or legal guardian. Violators will be subject to a $50 fine, a release said and the town constable and area police agencies will enforce the curfew.

"¢ In the village of Otego, a Halloween curfew is set from 9 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, a release said.

"¢ In West Winfield, trick-or-treating will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, with a party afterwards at the fire hall. A curfew will be in effect starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, a media release said.

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