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Merry Halloween North Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - People usually complain about "holiday creep" but this year they can rejoice in the fact that Halloween events have been going on for more than a week.

The Pequenakonck School converted its traditional indoor Halloween party into an outdoor Harvest Festival, where kids wore their costumes and paraded around the school in full regalia. At the Ruth Keeler Library, children gathered on Wednesday to decorate trick-or-treat bags. Houses along the traditional trick-or-treat beat have gotten themselves decked out with cobwebs, scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns.

Fans of The Daily North Salem's Facebook page spoke up promptly had strong opinions about the ideal neighborhoods for the young ones to promenade.

"There is only one correct answer to that question," wrote Chris Brockmeyer. "And the answer is: Purdys Hamlet. Quaint historic houses well-decorated on safe, contained streets."

Others suggested Sunset Drive, Salem Chase and the streets of Croton Falls. And then came the snow. The problem, however, is how to celebrate the event in a town buried beneath a foot of snow, bereft of electric power, its roads and walkways clogged with drifts and blocked by fallen trees.

As of Sunday afternoon more than 75 percent of NYSEG's North Salem customers were without power. North Salem's Highway Department is faced with a Gargantuan task, partly because the snow is so unseasonal.

If your Buzz Lightyear and Hello Kitty are determined to make the rounds, do they don the winter togs over the outfit or will the costume fit over the snow clothes? Maybe everyone should go dressed as a snowman. It looks as though Halloween is more trick than treat this year.

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