Chamber, manor plan spirited fun Saturday

Jo-Ann Linden, left, activities director at Corry Manor, and resident Cathy Beebe invite children to treat-or-treat at the manor on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Journal photo by Stephen Sears

Like most moms, Corry’s Pam Brown gets more than her fill of doing the laundry.

Even so, Brown, isn’t so “clothes-minded” that she couldn’t appreciate the originality displayed by a young trick-or-treater at last year’s Great Pumpkin Parade, sponsored by the Corry Area Chamber of Commerce.

“One child was dressed as a basket of clothes,” said Brown, the Chamber’s executive director. “That was so creative. Those kids are more clever than I ever was.”

Halloween creativity will be in full view Saturday as the Chamber sponsors its annual Great Pumpkin Parade from 10 a.m. to noon at Corry’s Route 6 Plaza.

And after that event is over, costumed kids are invited to visit nearby Corry Manor for more Halloween fun from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Great Pumpkin Parade features a costume contest for kids in four separate age groups and trick-or-treating at plaza businesses.

The contest will be held in the grassy area between the parking lot and Route 6. If weather becomes a problem, the contest will be held under the plaza’s canopy. If it rains hard Friday night, the event will be held under the canopy because of the wet grass.

Registration for the costume contest begins at 10 a.m. Each child will be issued a number, so the team of judges will not know the names of the contestants.

Children will judged in three areas: scariest, cutest and most original. Contestants will parade before the judges by age group and the winners will receive prizes. Older kids will be judged first.

Here is the judging schedule

• 10:30 a.m., ages 10 to 12.

• 10:45 a.m., ages 6 to 9.

• 11 a.m., ages 3 to 5.

• 11:15 a.m., infant to age 2.

The winners will be announced at 11:45 a.m.

Once the children are judged, the trick-or-treaters will be welcomed at Perkins, McDonald’s, First Niagara Bank, Save-A-Lot, CVS Pharmacy, Radio Shack, Sherwin-Williams, Peebles, Sears and Tractor Supply Co.

Children then are welcome to head to Corry Manor at 640 Worth St., where residents will greet them with Halloween treats from 1 to 3 p.m.

“I really like the children, especially the little kids,” said resident Cathy Beebe, who plans to wear a costume for the event. “I know what I want to wear, but I’m not sure how to do it yet.”

Jo-Ann Linden, the manor’s executive director, said residents like Beebe look forward to Halloween each year.

“The residents really love the kids,” she said. “And it’s safe trick-or-treating for the kids. We’ll have all kinds of goodies to give out.”

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