New Madison News: Get ready for trick or treaters


Get the candy ready because the trick or treaters are coming with the dire warning of “trick or treat.”

The safety of children has led to holding the ‘spooky’ event from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. And, of course, if you live on Main Street you will be very busy, especially during that time period!

It may not hold true for you but a recent poll of l,000 Americans showed that this holiday grows in importance every year and is now said to be the ”kickoff” of the holiday season. It also pointed out that the cost of this autumn adventure is $185.50 this year (at least for those polled).

What are the budget factors here: Did you visit a haunted house? Did you make the front porch a Halloween welcome? What other props did you purchase? There are lights, sounds and the inflatable, bobbing figures that adorn lawns the last few weeks of October. Are you having a party? Oh, and did you buy candy? Candy is the biggest piece of the budget pie in the poll that was taken, followed by costumes and decorations.

Favorite characters from movies, books and cartoons may appear at your door as well as ghosts, mummies and witches. Trendy animals are popular and little girls still like to have a night out as a princess!

Our 2-year-old grandson is planning to be one of the seven dwarfs because he likes the song and he likes making parents and grandparents laugh and clap. That reasoning will be enough this year and will be rewarded with candy and goodies in his neighboring area when he passes his pumpkin bucket.

Time to get in the fun and share a smile and candy treats as the eager scares and hidden faces move about the neighborhood.

The United Methodist Church is offering a place to rest and regroup for little ones. And there will be candy to help fill that bucket or bag.

With the harvest in full swing it is time to celebrate with traditional meals to celebrate this time of year. The harvest dinner at the United Methodist Church is planned for Nov. 10 so mark your calendars and enjoy the expected good food. Turkey and both oyster and plain bread dressing will be offered with mashed potatoes and green beans. Cranberry salad will be served and the popular pie table will be included on the menu. Enjoy the fellowship and food.

In thinking of good food, the Kiwanis recently reported on its sausage barn at the Darke County Fair. The records show 2,000 pounds of sausage, 143 pounds of hot dogs, 231 dozen eggs and 140 pounds of cheese were served along with 1,200 soft drinks and over 8,000 buns.

The Kiwanis serves our community with funds for the six scholarships given at graduation, many school programs, the New Madison Public Library and many other service programs throughout the community. Many hours and lots of volunteer help make the Club’s efforts a win-win situation.

Cooler weather seems to have settled into our area. Enjoy the colors and crispness of autumn days and as we put away the outdoor furniture and discard the last of the garden and flower beds.

By Shirley Dubbs

New Madison News

Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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