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Despite delay, Halloween trick-or-treaters flood downtown Shepherdstown

By Staff | Nov 8, 2019

Shepherdstown resident Rosemary McKee talks with a trick-or-treater after giving him some candy on Saturday night. Tabitha Johnston

SHEPHERDSTOWN — According to Haunted Hallway organizer Jenny Haynes, this year was the second in the hallway’s history that it hasn’t been open for trick-or-treaters.

“This is the second time it’s been cancelled on Halloween in its 14 years–the first time was because of an ice storm,” Haynes said, mentioning the Haunted Hallway had to be taken down on Oct. 31, because another group had rented the War Memorial Building for the next day.

“We know some people who flew in from London to come in for the festivities on Halloween night. They came by when we had just begun to take down the decorations, so we let them come in and see it,” Haynes said. “Luckily, with BooFest, many people got a chance to come to see it.”

Although Haynes and her family couldn’t share the Haunted Hallway with trick-or-treaters on the town’s rescheduled trick-or-treating date on Saturday night, they donated the 1,400 candy pieces they had purchased for the Halloween night festivities to those who would be giving out candy in town on the rescheduled date.

That spirit of generosity seemed to persist through Saturday night, as Rosemary McKee handed out candy that she had been given by other town residents.

Trick-or-treaters, great and small, visited German Street on Saturday night. Tabitha Johnston

“People actually donated some candy to me, because they knew I have to budget how much candy I can buy as a single mother. I have great neighbors and a great parish,” McKee said, as she greeted a group of trick-or-treaters with a friendly smile and cawing raven. “Every moment about Halloween is giving back to others.”

For McKee, going through the physical and emotional trials she has faced has been easier, because of her move to Shepherdstown 10 years ago.

“It was hard for me in the beginning, when I lost my husband, but you have to be generous and give back. I have Parkinson’s and had breast cancer in December, and you never know what’s going to happen in your life,” McKee said. “But the most important thing is to laugh and engulf yourself in humanity.”

As trick-or-treaters swarmed down German Street and along many of the side streets in downtown Shepherdstown, Shepherdstown residents Anne Miller and Michelle Shipley took a break from giving out candy to walk around in their “friendly witch” costumes. The pair would not have been able to participate in the trick-or-treating event together, if it hadn’t been rescheduled for Saturday night.

“I couldn’t do it on Halloween night, so it allowed me to be able to go out and buy bulk candy,” Miller said, mentioning she was glad the town took the precaution to reschedule trick-or-treating. “I like it on Halloween night, but it was definitely the right call to reschedule it.”

From left, David Asam, seven-year-old Indie Asam and Adrienne Asam trick-or-treat in their Addams family costumes along German Street on Saturday night. Tabitha Johnston

Friendly witches Anne Miller, of Shepherdstown, and Michelle Shipley, of Shepherdstown, walk down German Street to see the trick-or-treaters on Saturday night. Tabitha Johnston

Jon Ferguson, of Harpers Ferry, makes sure his son is comfortable inside of his homemade Dalek costume on McMurran Hall lawn on Saturday night. Tabitha Johnston