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Getting into the Halloween Spirit


November 7, 2019

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Barnyard 4-H members making their way downtown on a hay ride.

DAYTON-November is here, which means that Halloween has come and gone once again. No matter the age, Halloween is a tradition enjoyed by many here. Local teens and younger children always find a way to celebrate the holiday no matter the circumstances, whether it is by using Halloween as a wonderful community service opportunity or as a chance to come together to celebrate.

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The Barnyard 4-H Club has dressed in their scary best and Trick-or-Treated for food donations on Halloween night, now for the second-year service project. Ghouls are, from left to right, Vanessa Acevedo, Leader Ryan Laughery, Leader Emmalee Payne-Davis, Teagan Culley, Jemma Anderson, Brooklyn Laughery, Kiya McCaw, Trista Villaro, Mikel Vance, Samantha Davis, Cassidy Laughery, and Leader Nancy Laughery.

Starting last year, the Barnyard 4-H group of Dayton decided to use the Halloween spirit as a creative way to collect donations for our local food bank. The project was a huge success, leading to the group's 2019 junior leaders' decision to give it another shot.

Members of the Barnyard group took to the streets of Dayton to trick-or-treat, door to door for canned goods and other non-perishables. These donations from our kind community added up to about 417 pounds of food in total, and were directly donated to the local food bank.

In celebration of the spooky Halloween spirit, a group of Dayton and Waitsburg local teens took it upon themselves to throw a Halloween dance for their fellow high school friends and peers. Held on the Saturday following the holiday, the small dance lasted around two and a half hours. Dancing until the speakers blew to finish off their October. Though the dance was not organized, nor associated with the school, these teens put together a well decorated, and fun dance which will leave many with another great high school memory.

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