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Bad weather didn’t cheat all Canton children out of candy

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CANTON — Wind, rain and low temperatures weren’t enough to stop little witches, ghosts and goblins from trick-or-treating down Main Street in the Village Saturday afternoon.

Although the number of children dressed up and eager for candy significantly was lower this year, Phantoms in the Park began as scheduled at noon Saturday, with face and pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, games of cornhole and mummy wrapping at booths with volunteering students from St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton.

“Anything just to entertain them while they’re here and keep them warm,” said Shelby L. Poulton, a senior at SUNY Canton.

Elliot R. Woodward, a 7-year-old from Potsdam, walked around the park scaring many in his path. Dressed in a black robe with a huge and scary carved pumpkin for a head, Mr. Woodward was a phantom in the park for the first time this year, and was on a mission for one thing — candy.

Wyatt M. Newman, 8, Canton, was the brightest monster in the park with a pink-and-orange costume and pink sparkly lip-gloss and eye shadow.

She and her gangster sister, Rorie L., 11, who was dressed in a pinstriped suit and fedora, both were hoping to win the costume contest.

The contest was judged by both St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton students.

Erin E. Kuhn and her friend Colleen B. Ryan, both juniors at St. Lawrence and two of the judges for the contest, had their eyes open for the best costumes.

“The costumes are so cute and pretty creative,” said Miss Kuhn.

Miss Ryan said the costumes were judged by categories.

“So there’s scariest, most original, most creative use of recycled materials, funniest and most patriotic,” she said.

From the park, the mini cowboys, princesses, monsters and werewolves paraded down Main Street, stopping for candy at businesses along the way.

“We have a couple crossing guards that are going to help lead the kids through, and we’ll hand out candy as they walk by,” Miss Poulton said.

Chris R. Grant, a manager at American Theatre, said he’s passed out candy to the Phantoms in the Park participants a few years in a row.

“It’s nice for the businesses to get involved with a fun, family event,” he said. “It was much smaller than usual and I’m just assuming that’s because of the rain and cold.”

The cold and rain had a big effect on the number of trick-or-treaters this year, according to Rainbow L. Crabtree, owner of Nature’s Storehouse. She said she noticed the crowd Saturday had about half as many children as usual.

“The trick-or-treating normally goes on for quite a bit longer, but the kids were all dressed up and excited to be there,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to dress up and connect with the kids.”

Ms. Crabtree said she was handing out Yummy Earth natural lollipops, and had many left over to sell in the store.

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