Halloween excerpt from "Christmas at the Homeplace," (just released), Chapter 4, Thursday, October 31 (Halloween), 1996:
"The Homeplace Country Inn was tastefully decorated for the annual Halloween observance. Pumpkins lined the porch that was now the entrance to the Inn. A scarecrow sat prominently on the rocking chair near the entrance. The Heritage Room was decorated with fall colored leaves, corn shocks, with black cats and half moons on the walls. Some of the staff members were dressed as witches, others as ghosts.
Especially since the renovations were completed, the Inn had been a popular venue for families to bring their children for Tricks and Treats in the evening with two or three simple game events available and safe and reliable treats for all. During the day, these activities were being set up and each of the employees had specific responsibilities that they enjoyed carrying out, getting into the spirit of the season.
She (Karen) circulated around the reception area, checked the front porch, and then went to the Heritage Room where the Halloween reception proper was all set up. Four young ladies were already on hand and making final preparations for the early arrivals. Some families always seemed to prefer to arrive “too early” and she didn’t want to be there to greet them. She’d come back out about 6:15 to greet and help out as the bulk of the visitors arrived. She did enjoy seeing how the youngsters dressed up each year."
Families are Forever! ;-)