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10/28/2012 9:00:00 AM
Children enjoy 'spooky' events (with slideshow)

Local storyteller Tricia Kelly shares a scary story with children at the Hegeler Carus Mansion in La Salle.
Costumed children and their parents line up behind the girl scouts to wait for Oglesby's costume parade to begin Saturday afternoon.
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Costumed children and their parents line up behind the girl scouts to wait for Oglesby's costume parade to begin Saturday afternoon.

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Children of all ages participated in costume parades Saturday in Oglesby, La Salle and Peru.
Jeff Dankert and Amy Flanery
NT staff

It was a spooky Saturday on the streets of area cities hosting their annual costume parades this weekend.

A Hometown Halloween was held Saturday in downtown La Salle with costume parade and judging, trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and games.

Franklin, a dachshund wearing a sweater with a skull and crossbones, joined its owner, Sabrina Dancy ofLa Salle.

“It’s just so inviting for everyone,” Dancy said. “There’s a lot of activities for the kids.”

The event is more kid-friendly and easier to attend than door-to-door neighborhood trick-or-treating, she said.

“It’s hard to get everyone out on Halloween night,” Dancy said.

Uptown Grill owner Rita Anderes was dressed as a Swiss Miss and handing out hot chocolate mix.

“They’re expecting 500 trickers and treaters,” Anderes said. “I love the music. I just think it’s a really nice thing. It’s a parade. There’s kids. It’s fun.”

Oglesby’s costume parade had everything from Buzz Lightyear to buzzing bees Saturday afternoon. One-year-old Grayson Konczak went as a monkey for his first year dressing up for Halloween. His mother, Ashley Konczak, said he was doing well for his first costumed outing.

“When we tried it on at home, he was taking it off,” she said, “but I think all the people are just keeping him occupied, so he’s keeping it on.”

The toddler climbs the furniture whenever given the chance, his mother said, earning him the nickname “monkey.”

“He’s our little monkey, so that’s why he’s a monkey this year,” she said.

The girl scouts led the parade, which concluded with a treat distribution and photos at the Dickinson House.

InPeru, five-year-old twins Dylan and Tyler Witczak attended the costume parade as the classic video game characters Mario and Luigi. According to their mother, Jill Oberhart ofUtica, they each were able to dress as their favorite character with no arguments.

“Dylan likes Luigi and Tyler likes Mario,” she said.

Rivaling the boys for cutest sibling costume theme were Allyn, 2, and Pippa, eight months, Phillips of La Salle. The sisters were dressed as Little Miss Muffet and the spider.

Peru’s parade dispersed after treats were distributed at the fire station. The city did not have a costume contest this year.

The Halloween fun continued Saturday evening as local storyteller Tricia Kelly regaled children with kid-friendly scary stories at the Hegeler Carus Mansion. The adult version of the event was sold out, according to Hegeler Carus Foundation executive director Kelly Klobucher, as were the moonlight tours hosted at the mansion Friday night. The mansion is decked out with tall, white candles in each window, which Klobucher said make the old house look spooky at Halloween but transform with the season to become Christmas lights.

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