Area gets ready for Halloween festivities

This Sunday, October 31, is Halloween and members of the Canyon Lake community have the safety of trick-or-treaters on their minds.

Sattler hosts the annual Halloweenfest on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Local businesses invite kids and parents to trick-or-treat through Sattler with local merchants supplying the treats. In conjunction with Halloweenfest, Mountain Valley Schools present their Fall Festival 2004 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in front of the schools.

Participants in Halloweenfest include Canyon Lake Office Supply, Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, Type Preston Memorial Library, First State Bank, Farmers Insurance/Theresa Rourke, Century 21/United Action, Books & Java, JC's Burger Stop, The Canyon Lake Times Guardian, Napa Ranger Supply, Super S Foods, Canyon Land Company, Mainstream Home Theatre, and Canyon Lake Fire EMS.

In Startzville, Doug Gillespie and his son, Jeremy McCord celebrate Halloween in a big way at 1088 Eagle Flight. Again this year, weather permitting, their Halloween Trail is open to the public. Last year more than 80 children and parents attended.

As a smoke machine creates the prerequisite eerie atmosphere, ghosts, a giant spider, a cemetery, characters Uncle Festus and Jason, black cats and more lie in wait to terrorize children and adults.

Doug, dedicates the effort to his late wife, Lisa, who died this past July from injuries received in an automobile accident near Toms Creek. Lisa always enjoyed helping create the trail each year.

The Gillespie's Halloween Trail opens at dusk and runs until about 9 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31. There is no charge. 1088 Eagle Flight is off Paradise and Candlelight via Oblate. From the corner of FM 2673 and Oblate, just follow the "ghostly signs."

Some important Halloween pointers for trick-or-treaters:

· For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that glows in the beam of a car's headlights.

· Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.

· Children should not enter homes or apartments unless accompanied buy an adult.

· Warn children not eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

· Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.

·Always carry a flashlight or a glow stick when you go out.

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