PLATTSBURGH — This year, 6-year-old Madison Hunt wanted her Halloween costume to be pretty — and pretty scary.
“I see people with vampires and ghosts and goblins, so I thought, I could be a zombie bride,” said the first-grader, who attends Bailey Avenue Elementary School.
Madison donned her getup, complete with a blood-stained white dress and veil, to “Malloween,” a trick-or-treating event held recently at Champlain Centre in Plattsburgh.
There, the Press-Republican spoke with her and several other area kids about candy, costumes and the meaning of Halloween.
POUNDS OF CANDY
According to 10-year-old Jack Mather, the holiday may have originated with one young boy whose sweet tooth drove him to trick people into giving him candy.
“I think I heard it in a book one time,” said the fourth-grader, who attends Saranac Elementary School.
“He wanted some candy.”
Jack, who also wants candy, said he plans to bring in about nine pounds of it this Halloween.
With the help of his family, Jack created his “jack of diamonds” costume by drawing images of the playing card on large pieces of poster board. The boards are held together with straps, which sit on his shoulders to create a sandwich board.
“It took a long time to make it,” he said. “I wanted to do something with my name, so I was going to be a jack-in-the-box, but I actually decided to be a jack.”
MITT AND MONARCH
Jeremiah Rascoe’s costume, on the other hand, was inspired by the upcoming national elections.
The 11-year-old, who attends fifth grade at Momot Elementary School, dressed up as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
And, as an aspiring butterfly scientist, it’s no wonder 6-year-old Breyanna Bassett chose her monarch butterfly suit.
“I like butterflies,” said the first-grader, who attends Saranac Elementary School. “They’re very pretty, and I wanted to be something that had wings for Halloween.”
In fact, it seems dressing up is what Breyanna loves most about the holiday.
“I don’t really like candy,” she said.
Madison agrees that Halloween is really about “dressing up and having fun;” however, she does anticipate that her trick-or-treating efforts will result in about 90 pieces of candy.
And Alexis Newsome, 7, likes just about everything about the holiday.
“It has candy, and it has fun, and you get to wear costumes,” she said.
Alexis, who attends second grade at Beekmantown Elementary School, chose to dress up like Frankie Stein, her favorite character from Mattel’s Monster High doll collection.
“I like Frankie, and I love Monster High,” she said. “I like her because she’s so pretty.”
For Kaydence Stanley, dressing up for Halloween is a family affair. In fact, it’s an Addams Family affair.
The 3-year-old and her parents, Greg and Melissa Stanley, attended “Malloween” dressed as Wednesday, Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively.
Halloween is about “funness,” according to Kaydence, but instead of candy, people should hand out “real food that are shaped like candy,” such as “chicken shaped like Kit Kats.”
And though Halloween can be scary, Kaydence said, she isn’t worried about the ghosts and goblins she may encounter while trick-or-treating.
“It’s very scary out, but it’s not that scary because they’re just dressed in costumes.”
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This is part of an occasional series of articles where the Press-Republican gets kids to share their thoughts. See Staff Photographer Kelli Catana's video of kids talking about Halloween online with this story at pressrepublican.com.