November 3, 2010

Young and old were costumed for Halloween on Hatteras

From tots being carried in their mothers’ arms for trick-or-treating to grandparents dancing into the night, it seemed that all of Hatteras Island was in costume for the Halloween weekend.

The Halloween weekend on Hatteras was kicked of by a really scary Haunted House at U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet on Friday evening, Oct. 29.  The Coasties have been hosting this open house event, complete with tours of the station and food, on Halloween for several years. But the Haunted House seemed to be everyone’s favorite.

The festivities for the old folks were on Saturday night, Oct. 30, when Hatteras village hosted its second annual Halloween Bash at the Civic Center.  According to the organizers, about 150 adults paid the admission fee of $10 – or even gave a little more – for an evening of music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a costume contest and music by DJ Don “Wolfman” Williams.

The event raised about $1,000 for Hatteras Island Meals, according to Karen Miller, one of the organizers.

Partygoers made the most of a chance to come in costume, and there were any number of interesting and creative outfits.

The winners, judged by Beth Midgett and Beth Bailey, were:

Best Costume by a gal and a guy: Jennifer Burrus and her fiancÚ Zack Hackley as zombies.

Most Original Costume to a gal and a guy: Sarah and Tony Batchelor as French chef with bun in the oven.

Best Animal Costume: Tony & Ann Baum as horseback riders.

Scariest Costume: Kelly Scissorhands won the gal division and Bentley Crabtree as the mad butcher won in the guys’ division.

Funniest Costume:  Gal prize went to Jessica Hickman as Jim Cantore and  Raven Davis as a One Night Stand won for the guys.

Hottest Costume: Chloe Sapecki as Girl on Roller Skates.

Slackest Costume: Travis Todd as Johnny Appleseed.

The Halloween Bash ran from 7 to 11 p.m., and many of the costumed adults continued dancing and showing off their costumes until the early hours of the morning at various island establishments that sponsored music and costume contests.

Also, on Saturday, the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo hosted their traditional Halloween event for youngsters.  About 45 children paraded through the villages in costume and then attended a party at the RWS Community Building.

Sunday, Oct. 31, though, belonged to the youngsters on Hatteras Island. They went trick-or-treating through the villages, picked up orange UNICEF donation boxes and hot dogs at the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department, and attended fall festivals and parties at some island churches.

The most intense trick-or-treating is usually in Hatteras village and attracts youngsters and their parents from other neighborhoods who make their way up and down Kohler Road and some of the side streets to fill their bag with many goodies.

A major attraction on Kohler is the home of Beth and Steve Bailey.  Beth, always in costume, decorates the house to the hilt and lines the front yard with lighted pumpkins.  This year’s extras included a fog machine and a new microphone/karaoke system.

The Baileys give out the good stuff – big candy bars – but the kids are asked to sing, dance, do a cheer, recite a poem, or answer a question before they get their treats.

The outgoing kids take the microphone to sing or cheer or answer questions.  (Q:  Who is the vice president of the United States?  A:  Michelle Obama.  The kid got a treat for that one!)

The uninitiated and the shy youngsters approach the Bailey porch with fear and dread, though most manage to at least answer a question. (Q: What is your mother’s name?  A: Mom.  That kid got a treat also!)

The costumed youngsters – and/or their parents – were creative as usual with the costumes – bees and butterflies, princesses and science-fiction heroes, werewolves and a whole array of scary ghouls and zombies.

(The photos in our slide shows were all sent to the Island Free Press.  Photos for the U.S. Coast Guard Haunted House came from Nicole Fairbanks; Halloween Bash photos were sent by Sheila Charrette, Donna Peele, and Sandra Crabtree; Photos at the Hatteras Village VFD were contributed by Chris Ballance and Gary Owens, and trick-or-treating photos were mostly at the Bailey house in Hatteras village and were by Donna Peele and Beth Bailey, with contributions by Anne Marie Fail of Buxton, and Leigh Ann Davis of Frisco)


A Halloween Bash for the big folks

A Haunted House at the Coast Guard station

Coins for UNICEF and hot dogs at the Hatteras VFD

Trick-or-Treating in the villages

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