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Hallowe'en for Woodstock starts at the library and ends at the community center, with events between

DAVID F. ASHTON - At The Joinery, puffy dinosaur David Ratzlaff welcomes trick-or-treaters Vika Czinger and Hadley Miller - who are treated by Riding Hood Sally Griffith. While trick-or-treating on some dark neighborhood streets without sidewalks has lost appeal for parents, the annual Hallowe'en celebration up and down S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, in the Woodstock neighborhood, continues to grow.

Dry, fall-like weather on October 31 brought out families in droves, many of them who started the afternoon with "Not So Scary Stories" once again at Woodstock Branch Library, then continuing west along the boulevard at many businesses signaling that they were open to trick-or-treating.

Many of the revelers ended up at the Woodstock Community Center for more treats, games, crafts, and live music at the neighborhood Hallowe'en party.

"In addition to the fun at the library and along the street, we also have some great raffle prizes donated by about a dozen of our merchants," exclaimed this year's organizer, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association's Events Coordinator, Justin Schmidt – who added he'd taken part of the afternoon off from his job down the street at Otto's Sausage Kitchen to help with the party.

"What can come from having an event like this is that it brings neighbors together to meet one another, and hopefully become involved in their neighborhood association," Schmidt said.

DAVID F. ASHTON - This costumed trio - Tennessee Violet Gray, Ava Maggio and Kendon Gray - gets treats from Hanora Bauer, inside VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital. "This is my first year of being involved with the neighborhood association, and it's been really fun so far – learning about transportation, zoning, and land-use issues, and seeing the businesses that are coming in," Schmidt told THE BEE.

He had a lot of volunteer help organizing this year's Hallowe'en party, Schmidt said. "Most of the Board Members from the neighborhood association pitched in, and also a handful of my friends also came by to help me out, too!"

Throughout the late afternoon and evening, costumed kids, often accompanied by Hallowe'en outfitted parents, had a safe and enjoyable celebration of the day.

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