Lake County celebrates Halloween despite rain

LAKE COUNTY — Rain couldn't dampen the Halloween spirit of Lake County's residents as many took to the streets or joined in some indoor celebrations for the holiday.

Halloween festivities in the county kicked off the previous weekend with the Luther Library's party on Oct. 24.

"It was great. We had 43 kids and 14 adults and they were all dressed up and everyone seemed to love Wanda the Wacky Witch," said Gail Ganger, the Luther Library director. "Afterward, everybody stayed for a Halloween movie. We watched 'Scared Shrekless.' I think everyone had a wonderful time."

Halloween weekend began on Oct. 30, with the Pathfinder Library in Baldwin having a pumpkin decorating party. Many area families descended on the library for good, wholesome fun.

"We've had more than 100 kids attend," said Bonnie Povilaitis, director of the Pathfinder Library. "Each kid got to decorate a pumpkin, take home some goodies and get some books MSU Extension was handing out."

On Halloween night, the Pleasant Plains Township Hall was packed to the walls with kids and parents who wanted to get in on the holiday without having to brave the rain. The Baldwin Lions organized its annual party with snacks, games and contests. Laura Johnson of the Baldwin Lions Club helped organize and host the event and she said she was glad so many families came out in spite of the weather.

"We were glad to see so many kids here since we looked out and saw the streets deserted just before we were opening the doors," said Johnson. "We had costume contests every half hour, the sheriff's deputies handed out candy and we had lots of games and prizes. We made sure every kid who showed up got some prizes and treats."

Many of the parents in attendance were glad there was somewhere to take their kids which didn't involve marching through the rain.

"We were very glad there was somewhere to go with it raining," remarked Michelle Jones, the mother of Raeniya Powell, Jayden Jones, Laron Harris and Zayida Jones. "We're probably going to go out afterwards for some real trick-or-treating, though."

Even though the weather dashed many kids' plans for trick-or-treating, there were still some diehards out on the streets. The trunk-or-treat festivities in Sauble Township and Luther also continued on as planned.

"Despite the weather we had, I think it went really well," said Bill Gillard, the Sauble Township Supervisor. "We had more than 100 kids show up and 33 cars handing out candy. The fire department was there helping us out, and they moved a couple of their trucks out of their fire barn and they let us hold the costume judging contest inside."

There were a few festivities for the grown-ups as well with area bars such as Logger's Landing, North Bar and The Twin Creek Inn.

"We had a great turnout," remarked Melanie Davis, the bar manager of Loggers Landing. "There were a lot of people here having a great time. We had live music and a costume contest. The winner of the contest was Julie Morgan. I'm not really sure what to call her costume. She had flowers in her hair and some amazing makeup on. Everything that night was just wonderful."