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State College gets into Halloween spirit

Straight from Mario brothers, Eugene Morgan walks with his wife Kari and twins Cal and Axel during the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Halloween Parade on Sunday.
Straight from Mario brothers, Eugene Morgan walks with his wife Kari and twins Cal and Axel during the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Halloween Parade on Sunday. CDT photo

Victoria Schellenberg said she wanted to get every inch of her pumpkin the right shade of green, because it had to look good for her plans to put it outside her house for Halloween.

Victoria, 6, and her brother Jacob, 2, also planned to go to Safe and Seen at Medlar Field to get more candy.

Other local families made similar plans, because there were about 10 Halloween themed events around the county Sunday.

The Schellenbergs made their first stop at Greek or Treat, an event organized by Penn State’s Interfraternity, Panhellenic and Multicultural Greek councils, on Fraternity Row.

“We started here, and we might go over to the Spikes’ park, but that all depends on the kids and how they’re doing by the end of this,” their mother Stacey Schellenberg, of Bellefonte, said. “This is really cool for the kids.”

The State College borough agreed to block off Fraternity Row from East Fairmount Avenue to East Foster Avenue to allow visitors to move freely between activities.

IFC Vice President for Programming Brian Reil said about 200 students from 57 chapters ran 19 booths on Fraternity Row sidewalks, which allowed children to do activities such as a ring toss game and trick or treat bag decorating.

“It’s always a good time when you can put on an event and see so many people come out in full force in so many awesome costumes and have such a great time with the fraternities and sororities,” Reil said. “That is one of our main goals, to give back to the community, and it’s rewarding to see a lot of planning turn out well for the kids here.”

Panhellenic Vice President for Community Development Maria Liberopoulos was surprised by the attendance.

“Our events grow every year, but we never expected this turnout,” Liberopoulos said. “We were 10 minutes in and kind of looked at each other and wondered how many people were here. We sent some people out for a candy run, because we knew we weren’t going to have enough for what we planned for.”

Charles Kinsey, who had a mouth full of candy corn, said his favorite part of Halloween is the candy.

“I’ve got a lot more in my bag,” Charles, 7, said.

Charles dressed up as Peter Parker, and his sister Sarah, 1, was a pansey.

Their mother, Lisa, said they also planned to go to the 68th annual Centre Region Halloween Costume Parade, which began at the intersection of North Burrowes Street and West College Avenue and ended at Memorial Field.

Parade participants could choose from one of 10 costume categories for a chance to win small cash prizes from the State College Lions Club, a community service organization.

Selena Kesidis, 12, and Celia Graef, 13, said they hoped to win the witches and monsters category.

Selena and Celia, of State College, made their costumes by hand of “Monsters Inc.” characters Mike Wazowski and Celia Mae.

“It took about a month,” Celia said.

“And a lot of duct tape,” Selena said.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation Supervisor Beth Lee said there are about 1,000 marchers in the parade and about 500 spectators each year. Her daughter, Meredith, marched in the parade as Cleopatra.

“I love this parade,” Beth Lee said. “I think it’s wonderful and does a lot for the community. I know of people that have participated in the parade when they were kids, and now they bring their kids to be in it. I think it’s a great place to be and a wonderful tradition.

Eugene and Kari Morgan, of State College, dressed up their family as Mario characters for the parade.

They have enjoyed taking their 1-year old twins, Cal and Axel, to community events since moving to the area a few months ago.

“It’s really nice, and it’s been really fun taking in all the stuff there is to do around here as a community,” Eugene Morgan said. “We love that there are always community events like this.”