NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 26, 2012

Seabrook moves trick or treat to Sunday; Haunted Garage this weekend

Seabrook Town Notebook Angeljean Chiaramida
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Fearing the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, town officials have moved up the date of trick or treat to Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Saying the area may be getting a frightening visit from the storm, they decided to change the date of the town’s annual Beggars Night to ensure nasty weather won’t spoil the fun, as the unexpected October snowstorm did last year.

Meanwhile, nothing will stop the Haunted Garage from providing its ghoulish fun for kids of all ages tonight and tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m.

Located at L & W Auto Repair at 138 Centennial St., this year’s scary attractions will include Alligator Alley Glow Swamp outside and a full-blown haunting experience inside.

“This is what I look forward to all year long,” L & W owner Myra Fowler said. “And this couldn’t happen without my team here at the garage and the whole town’s help.”

Fowler said visitors can expect a wide array of chilling venues in the garage. A Tarot card reader will be on hand and Wood’s Photography will capture the moment, taking shots of the little ghosts and goblins in costume for parents. Of course, there’ll be no shortage of horrifyingly yummy treats for everyone who drops by as well.

The Haunted Garage is free of charge, but Fowler is asking attendees to contribute non-perishable food items, which will then be donated to those in need in the community.

“Mother Nature will be on hand to collect everything,” Fowler said. “She’ll take care of everybody.”

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In that same vein, the Seabrook Lions Club will hold a food and winter clothing drive at the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Members of the service club will be in the lobby of the Community Center, outside the polls, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to collect non-perishable food items as well as gently worn winter clothes for local families facing hard times.

Needed are warm gloves, hats, jackets, coats, boots as well as winter sweaters and children’s snow suits.

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There is still rental space for vendors and craftspeople available for Trinity United Parish’s Annual Yule Fair on Saturday, Nov. 10. Running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the fair will offer special holiday shopping opportunities as well as a great time to share the spirit of the season will friends and family. Along with sales tables featuring items of all kinds, including baked goods, there will be raffles and a lunch counter. Even Santa Claus could show up to browse the goodies available.

The correct number to call for those interested in vendor space is 603-474-7900, or email office@trinitychurch.com.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Seabrook for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271, or at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com.