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Ghosts and goblins get run of town for parade


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ELYRIA — Little ghouls will have the run of Elyria’s downtown on Sunday, while nightmarish fiends will overtake Elyria High School for the weekend.

Tyler Kulbacki, 4, of Elyria, trick-or-treats in Elyria last year.

Yes, it’s election season, but these events are for Halloween.

Elyria Kiwanis will host its 91st annual Halloween Parade on Sunday — perhaps the oldest parade of its sort in the nation — while at least two dozen art students at Elyria High School will spend the weekend operating a haunted house at the high school’s vocational building. 

The parade — scheduled rain or shine — will feature children from at least 12 different Elyria schools, and it usually ends up with a few hundred children marching through the streets, Elyria Kiwanis President Phil Betleski said.

“It’s a toss up to see how many kids show up,” Betleski said. “We send out fliers to every single school in the city of Elyria — public and private. Hopefully, we’ll have a great turnout.”

Marchers will gather at 2 p.m. near Suzin L Chocolatiers on Broad Street, with the parade kicking off at 2:30 p.m. Roughly 100 children with the best costumes will be given a $1 bill, Betleski said.

Parade chairwoman Celeste Brlas said the parade will travel west on Broad Street until it reaches Ely Square, where the youngsters will find a park full of cider, doughnuts, games, jugglers, balloon-twisters and all manner of Halloween mayhem. Marching bands from Elyria Catholic and Elyria High will also perform.

And if that’s not enough, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the Elyria High School art club will host a haunted Halloween maze for anyone looking for a scare.

More than 25 art students are transforming the high school’s vocational building into a 15-minute scarefest that art teacher Mel Rainey says is suitable for families and children. It’ll feature cool displays and live actors.

Admission to the EHS haunted maze is $3 for students and adults, $1 for children 10 and younger. Various entrants will also be in the running for door prizes, while children will be given coloring books.

The vocational building is next to the parking lot at the corner of Fifth Street and Middle Avenue.

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Halloween events

LCCC trick-or-treat
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday,1005 N. Abbe Road. Costume and coloring contests, face painting and games. Free.
Early-bird trick-or-treat
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Pat Catan’s, 1955 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. Make a free Halloween bag. Call (440) 960-1400.
Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat
Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Merchants at Learwood Square, corner of Lear and Walker roads, Avon Lake.
Children 12 and younger and parents are invited. Balloon animals, face painting, an appearance by Arthur from WVIZ-PBS and trick-or-treating.
Elyria parade
2:30 p.m. Sunday. At 2 p.m., line up between Family Video and Suzin L’s Chocolatier on Broad Street. Elyria Parks and Rec’s Halloween Madness Party follows in Ely Square.
South Amherst parade
3 p.m. Sunday. Line up at 2:30 p.m. at the end of the soccer field. Costume contest for all ages. Doughnuts and cider. Trick-or-treat follows, 5 to 6 p.m.
Elyria Spooky Skate
7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday North Park Ice Arena, Elyria. Prizes, games, and more. Admission is $2 for youths and $3 for adults. Skate rental is available for $2 a pair. For more information, call the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department at (440) 326-1500.
Trick-or-treat night
4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Northern Ohio Realty and Old Republic Title, 10247 Dewhurst Road, Elyria. Candy, doughnuts and cider. Free. Call (440) 366-0099.

Trick-or-treat times

• Amherst Twp. — 1 to 3 p.m.
• South Amherst — 5 to 6 p.m.
• Amherst — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Avon — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Avon Lake — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Carlisle Twp. — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Elyria — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Grafton — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• LaGrange — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Lorain — 6 to 8 p.m.
• North Ridgeville — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Oberlin — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Sheffield Lake — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Sheffield — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Vermilion — 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Wellington — 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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