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October 18, 2011

Halloween events return to Portage

PORTAGE — Ghosts, goblins and princesses will be back on Portage Borough streets following a one-year hiatus by the community’s decades-old Halloween celebration.

On Sunday, there will be a parade of costumed children, church-sponsored harvest festival and door-to-door trick-or-treating.

Mountain Avenue resident Vic Miller helped organize the first parade in 1977, and he has been active through the years by generating financial support for prizes and treats for the children.

“We’re really happy to have it again,” Miller said. “Everyone is happy with this.”

The longstanding tradition sponsored by the Portage Knights of Columbus was canceled last year when organization members found the responsibility daunting, borough officials said.

“They were getting older and it was just too much for them,” said Portage Mayor Robert Fox.

Miller was distraught over the decision.

He unsuccessfully sought a new sponsor until earlier this year, when he convinced the Portage Volunteer Fire Company to back the event.

Spooky fest

Halloween celebration events Sunday in Portage:

• 1 p.m.: Parade will form at former Caldwell Avenue School, proceed through town and end at Main Street fire hall.

•2 to 5 p.m.: HarvestFest

at Bethany United Methodist Church, 700 Farren St. (activities on Branch Street behind church).

•5 to 7 p.m.: Trick or treating throughout community. 

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