Halloween still is two days away, but Long County residents already have gotten into the spirit of the holiday with several activities.
The Ludowici/Long County Volunteer Fire Department has been holding its annual haunted house, forest ride and hayride since earlier this month, and once again people from all over the state have come out to be spooked on the ride.
Area ladies recently came out to show off their Halloween costumes in the 2012 Miss Hallows Eve Pageant. Bryleigh Filkins was the overall winner. Aubrey Allen won the Baby Miss Queen title, while Demi Wasdin was the first runner-up. In the Tiny Miss division, Trinity Boutwell won the crown, and Natalie Pope was the first runner-up. Jasanna Moody took the crown in the Petite Miss division, and Ashlyn Hughes was the winner in the Pre-Teen division. Rounding out the winners for the divisions were Sierra Fernandez, who won in the Miss category, and Timmyora Horne, who won the Ms. title. Taking home special awards were Natalie Pope, who was selected as the People’s Choice winner, and Jasanna Moody, who was the Most Sponsored winner.
The schools also have been having fun. The Smiley Elementary media center recently held its annual Halloween pumpkin contest. This was the fourth year that the center has held the contest, which is designed to promote reading. Ramsey Middleton, Abbott Melendez, Elijah Lester, Jimmy Barreto, and Asher Pitts were this year’s winners for each grade. Stephanie Kunda’s class was the class winner.
Winners in other categories were:
Principal’s Choice — Gage Salter, Rebekaj Sirmans, Shadiah Kearney and Liliana Meade; Kunda’s class
Assistant Principal’s Choice — Caley Belcher, Carolina Tak, Monica Cabeza-Valez, and Maggie Sermans; Mrs. Lewis’ class
Kaddee Choice — Ryan Colon, Autumn Deniz, A.J. Parker, Jabarie Colvin and Monika Wonsley; Mrs. Carr’s class.
According to Ludowici Police Department Investigator Diannia Duncan, this year trick-or-treating will take place between 6- 9 p.m. Wednesday.
“The kids are going to be out and in full force on Wednesday, so drivers need to slow down and look out for them,” Duncan said. “Also, parents need to make sure they check all of the candy out when their kids get home, and let’s have a safe Halloween.”