Westmoreland, the town that saved Halloween

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WESTMORELAND — Two organizations in Westmoreland joined forces Saturday, Oct. 31, to give their community a fun and COVID-safe Halloween. The Westmoreland Historical Society, with the help of Wilde Rep Theatre, offered drive-through ghost story-telling complete with costumed actors, sets, and spooky lighting.

Across the parking lot, the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department offered socially distanced trick-or-treat stations. 

"I was very happy to see the parking lot full and kids running around," Fire Captain Waylan Wilczek said.

Local businesses like Hot off the Brick and Stewart’s, donated pizza, coffee, and donuts. Duncan Mobile Wash sponsored the event by providing candy for everyone brave enough to traverse the spooky ghost story drive-thru.

Attendees like Sarah Elizabeth posted positive reviews on Facebook. She said, “Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered to make Halloween awesome for the kids!”

Amy Jo added that she “loved all the ghost stories!” and that “the kids have a new interest in each of the locations mentioned in [them].”

She thanked everyone for making this an extra special event. 

Denise Szarek, a member of the Westmoreland Central School Board of Education, also praised the event saying, “Everyone involved did such a great job making sure our kids had great memories despite a pandemic! Kudos!”

COVID is a challenge but also an opportunity to find creative ways to keep our traditions alive and our community together. Combined, the events attracted over 150 people of all ages for spooky fun.

“Good job Westmoreland and to all those who made it possible,” declared Anne-Louise Bailey posting on the Westmoreland FB page.

Ron Klopfanstein is the president of the Westmoreland Historical Society. Like him at Facebook.com/BeMoreWestmo and follow him at Twitter.com/BeMoreWestmo

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