A fun evening on the square in Mount Pulaski

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[November 02, 2016]   MOUNT PULASKI -  The Mount Pulaski Courthouse was the place to be Saturday night. The Courthouse Foundation and Community Pride joined forces and put together a fun event for children called the Haunted Courthouse and Maze.

“The Courthouse Foundation worked with Community Pride, the National Honor Society and Mount Pulaski Christian Church to create a fun event for all ages. There is already discussion for how they can improve next year's event. Any additional organizations who would like to join us next year can reach out to one of the Foundation members or speak directly to Barbara Stroud-Borth,” said Foundation board member Jo Hilliard.

Children were asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Logan County Food Pantry and in return they were treated to food and fun.

Among the many costumes were several superheroes, like Captain America and Ironman. Disney characters were also a favorite among the kids.

Adults got involved in the fun, too, as Mount Pulaski’s local post office employee Carrie Pethy dressed up with her girls as M & M’s. Grandma was also in on the act as a delicious looking M & M herself.

While some kids packed the courthouse to paint pumpkins and gather treats, others spent their time playing games, like 9 Square, set up on the courthouse lawn. Another large group of kids occupied the maze set up with bales of straw on the front lawn. Whatever the choice of fun, kids could be seen laughing and running all evening long, while the adults watched and smiled.

The weather was absolutely perfect, too. No need for winter coats or even raincoats on this late October evening.

Mount Pulaski Halloween enthusiasts invite you to their house this evening. Trick or treaters should look for the turned on porch lights.

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The courthouse steps were also beautifully decorated Saturday evening with hand-carved pumpkins from local artist Rene Hubal. If you would like to see more of Rene’s beautiful creations, stop by her house this evening. She is located at 302 West Jefferson Street, at the corner of Jefferson and Spring Streets, just a couple blocks off the town square. She will have food and drinks for the adults and full-size candy bars for the kids. You cannot miss her house on the corner, which will be decorated with 36 pumpkins and will also feature a flame-throwing headless horseman she made. Local handyman Don Maxheimer actually made the flame-throwing device for her and it is sure to be quite the attraction. Rene loves Halloween for various reasons and truly goes all out this time of year.

Another local woman who enjoys Halloween is just down the street a ways from Rene. After you leave the home of Ed and Rene Hubal you can drive south on Spring Street to the home of Delmar and Sue Stewart. Sue goes all out decorating her garage and like she readily admits, “This is my time of year.” She is located at 900 South Arch Street. If you travel towards the southwest end of town on Spring Street going past the Mount Pulaski High School and under the viaduct you will find Sue’s garage by turning at the second right off of Spring onto West South Street. Look ahead and you will run right into the Stewart’s house. Sue will have blowup Halloween decorations in her yard and the place will definitely be lit up. Inside the garage are her various Halloween noisemakers she’s collected through the years and be sure to grab a candy bar on the way in or out.

So come on over to Mount Pulaski tonight between the hours of 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and enjoy an evening of Trick or Treat.

[Teena Lowery]

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