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Trick or Treat                                    Halloween History                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Halloween Spots
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by Cody McGeorge
  News Staff Reporter
                                                  by Octavia Gibson
                                                    Graphics Editor
                                                                                                        for them. The Celtics believed they could
                                                                                                        connect with their loved ones spirits, but evil
                                                                                                                                                                 Costumes             Do’s                         by Kyla Stevens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     News Staff Reporter                                1.Say “Happy Halloween”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2.Have on a costume
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Amazing Corn Maze
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                                                      Halloween, which is celebrated on Octo-           spirits were also contacted in the process. To                                                                 Halloween is a time when children can have
What is a cool thing you have seen or done
                                                                                                                                                               by Lashawn Williams                                                                                      3.Say “Thank-you” after you get your                                                                    Leonard, Michigan Sept. 23-oct.30
                                                  ber 31, first originated as New Years Eve in          scare evil spirits away, the Celtics carved scary                                                          fun, eat candy, and                                    candy
on Halloween?                                     1000 B.C. in Eastern Europe. The next day,                                                                     News Staff Reporter                                                                                                                                                                                            Hours: Fri 6-11 Sat. noon till 11 Sun.
                                                                                                        faces into potatoes and turnips and lit candles                                                            express them selves.                                 4.Get candy checked                                                                                     noon till 6 cost. Cost: 7 dollars, night
                                                  November 1, was All Saints Day or All Hal-            in them (originating the jack-o-lantern) and               The most common Halloween costumes are          However, there is                                    5.Try to go to people you know
John Sturgill, class of 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    haunts 10 dollars. Website: www.amaz-
                                                  lows Day. All Hallows Eve was the start of            they dressed up in horrid costumes, parading           devils, princesses, skeletons and well-known        a certain time chil-                                 6.Start at 6PM
“I work at a haunted house. My job is to scare                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                  harvesting crops for the long winter ahead and        around their town.                                     cartoon characters. The standard cost for high      dren should be in                                    7.Travel in groups
people. Its fun.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2. Splatman Boo Haunted Forest
                                                  the eve of the Celtic peoples, New Year that is           However, the actual word Halloween did             feature Halloween costumes is about $30. De-        the house and other                                  8.Dress warm                                                                                            13650 Harder Road
                                                  called Samhain (sow-en). A harvest festival on        not originate from the Celtics. It was formed          pending on whether it is a costume for adults       precautions that can                                 9.Be inside at curfew (8PM)
Caleb Reynolds class of 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Three Rivers, Michigan. Hours: Fri. 8
                                                  November 1 marked the death of an old year            in a Christian Church. All Saints Day or All           or young kids, the kids’ costumes are obviously     be taken to stay safe                                10. Go to each house once
“I went trick or treating in just my boxers and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 till midnight sat. 8 till last guest. Cost:5
                                                  and the start of a new. The Celtics originated        Hallowmas was celebrated on November 1.                cheaper. A lot of people go to Wal-Mart, Meijer     on Halloween. There
shoes. Nothing else, it was cold.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dollars per person. Website: www.splat-
                                                  in Eastern Europe and their culture was based         The eve of All Saints Day became All Hallows           or Target stores for their costumes, knowing        is a curfew for people                                                                                                                             
Tim Burden class of 2007
                                                  upon traditions.                                      Eve which was later condensed to Halloween.            the prices are reasonable.                          who are going Trick                                  Don’ts                                                                                                  3. Phantasmagoria Haunted Attraction
                                                      During the harvest time, the Celtics be-          Halloween did not become widely celebrated                 The top ten costumes for children in 2006       or Treating. “The                                    1.Be rude
“I went on a haunted hay ride and a guy in a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in Lansing
                                                  lieved that the living could communicate with         in the United States until the 1800’s.                 are a princess, pirate, witch, Spider-Man,          start time is 6pm and                                2.12 and under don’t go out with out an
mask popped up and my aunt punched him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3222 Martin Luther King BLVD
                                                  the deceased in hopes of creating an afterlife                                                               Superman, Disney Princess characters, Power         the curfew time is 8pm, that is to help keep           adult                                                                                                 Lansing, Michigan. Hours: Sept. 30-

                                                  Local Legends
We kept going and the guy was real mad.”                                                                                                                                                                           the children safe from the people who make           3.Put toilet paper on people house
                                                                                                                                                               Ranger, pumpkin, cat and vampire. The top                                                                                                                                                                        Oct.31, 7-10pm on weeknights, Fri-Sat
                                                                                                                                                               ten costumes for adults in 2006 are a witch,        poor decisions,” said Deputy Thomas Boivin.          4.Eat your candy all in one day                                                                         7pm-12mid. Cost: 2 haunted houses 7
Calvin Wallace class of 2008                                                                                                                                   pirate, vampire, cat, clown, fairy, gypsy, su-      This year there are not as many candy check-         5.Go any where by yourself                                                                              dollars each combo 10 dollars. Website:
“I threw a pumpkin at my little neighbor                                                                                                                       perhero, ghost, and Dracula. “My favorite           ing points. “There will be candy check points        6.Stay out past 12:00AM                                                                       
because it was funny. I knew him really well                                                            legend can be found just off one of the most           costume would have to be Bat Girl when I            at Wal –Mart and McDonalds” said Boivin.             7.Steal people’s candy’s
                                                  by Yasmeen Sharafi                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. The field where Robert Moss played
so I didn’t think he would get hurt, but he                                                             famous roads in Ypsilanti: Denton Road.                was about eight years old,” said senior Porsche     If you are going out for Halloween don’t go          8.Leave the house without a meeting                                                                     in Flint
did.”                                               News Staff Reporter                                     It is said if you drive at night down this road,   Griffin. “When I was three years old, I had a       any where with out somebody else with you.              place with your friends.                                                                             Mt. Morris Rd. 2 miles east of 1-75
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Please make sure that you travel in groups and      9.Forget to carry a flash light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Top: Going on 16 years, senior David
                                                              An elderly woman is bed ridden af-        supposedly you will see blue lights flashing all       Garfield costume and that one was my favor-                                                                                                                                                                      exit 126
Tervonne Weatherspoon, class of 2009                                                                                                                           ite,” said junior Deon Patterson.                   not try to go Trick or Treating by yourself,” he     10.Forget to carry a cell phone so your       Tacket’s front yard atrraction scares the
                                                  ter her husband’s death. She receives strange         over the road, the more noise you make with                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Flint, Michigan. Hours:Sept. 29-30, Oct.
“I was in Ann Arbor and this woman and her        phone calls and is terrified. She knows she           the car (honking, slamming doors etc…) the                 You can make your own costumes but you          said. Here are 10 quick tips on Trick or Treat-         can reach an adult if needed               whole neighborhood. Bottom: Have a scare-                 26-Halloween, dusk till midnight Fri and
to kids were trick or treating, then these two    can’t defend herself and if the person who keeps      more lights you will see. This comes from a            just need the right materials. For example, if      ing Do’s and Don’ts.                                                                               tastic day at Cedar Point’s Halloweekends!                Sat, dusk –10:30 weeknights. Cost: 13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Haunted Houses in area
guys came up and stole theses bags of candy,      calling and breathing heavily into the phone          story about a man who lived nearby going to            you want to dress up as a farmer, you would                                                                                                                                                                      dollars for adults, 10 for youth under 12.
and they ran down the street and ran right        turns out to be a rapist or a murder she’s dead.      break up a party and was killed.                                                       need to have a                                                                                                                                                                   Website: www.haunted
into the cops.”                                   Horrified she learns through gurgled moans                         Ever hear of the Donavon House?                                           wagon, some                                                                                                                                                                      5.Night Terrors Michigan’s larg-
                                                  that it is in fact her dead husband.                  The story goes that a little boy lived with his                                        overalls, a plaid                                                      houses in the surrounding area is The Haunt-        and Jason Voorhees,” he said in reference to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by Ashley Terry                                                                                        other haunted houses like Wiards or Jaycees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                est chills thrills park in Ypsilanti
Sarah Phillpotts, class of 2009                               While some people believe they are        mom and dad in their farmhouse. Well, the                                              shirt, some work                                                       ing in Bellville and the tickets range from                                                               5565 Merrit Road
                                                                                                                                                                                               boots, a straw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo Editor                                     $11.00 to $25.00 depending on which of the              With only a few haunted houses in Yp-
“I went to a haunted maze in Pickney, it was      fake, others believe they are real. Either way        boy’s father was always drunk and was very                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ypsilanti Michigan. Hours: Sat.
in the woods, and people jumped out and I         proceed at your own risk…                             mean. He beat his child and his wife. The                                              hat, a bandana,        Have you ever been so scared that you           four attractions you go on. Another known           silanti, Wiards and Jaycees are the popular           Oct.26,27,28,29, 7-11pm. Cost:14 dollars
                                                              Urban legends are tales that have         family had many sheep, but one was very sick                                           stuffed animals,    could scream? Or were you too frightened to        haunted house is at Cedar Point during the          ones. A lot of people have gone to and will           per ticket. Website:
                                                  been around for many years. Some have been            and the father said he was going to kill the                                           and some hay.       think of what’s happening around you? What         Halloweekends and can cost up to $39.95, but        go to Wiards and Jaycees again for a fright on        6. The Haunt in Walker
                                                  passed around from different people and               sheep. The boy was very sad and didn’t want                                            It is way more      about that person walking with the chainsaw        a plus is you can ride all of the rides and go in   Halloween. “I usually help build the haunted          2070 Waldorf NW
                                                  through generations. Many have been said              him to do it. So one night, when the father                                            fun to make a       behind you? Haunted houses evoke fear and          the haunted houses.                                 house, suggest designs to the family, and this        Walker, Michigan. Hours: Sept. 23-31, 7pm-
                                                  to be true stories. However no matter what,           was drunk, he took his son out to the barn                                             costume that        an adrenaline rush. These haunted houses              Senior David Tackett knows a few things          year I want to scare people,” said senior Her-        midnight. Cost: 14 dollars per person.
                                                  they always seem to happen to brothers, sisters,      and killed the sheep in front of the boy, The                                          has a punch         have been around for a long time, and have         about Halloween and Haunted houses. Tackett         shey Ballard.                                         7. The Splatter House
                                                  relatives, or friends, but never to the storyteller   boy’s parents went to sleep that night and the                                         line to it. The     been scaring people ever since. Halloween is       knows what scares people. He and his family              Some haunted houses can cost up to $100          305 List st.
                                                  themselves.                                           boy poured gasoline all over the house as he                                           Gold Digger         approaching and                                                                                                                    and it’s such a rip-off   Frakenmuth, Michigan. Hours: Oct. 28-
                                                              This is a national legend. Many           was ready to light the match, the boy’s parents        costume is an example. All you would need is        everybody is won-                                                                                                                  because people are        31, 7pm-midnight. Cost: 10 dollars per
                                                  TV stations have talked about this legend             woke up. His father threw him in the closet            a short gold dress and gold shoes. Wear lip gloss   dering where all                                                                                                                   too scared to con-        person. website
                                                  “the protective ghosts of little children killed      not knowing the boy had gotten gas on himself.         with gold glitter in it and paint your nails all    the good haunted                                                                                                                   tinue or the house        8. Evernight Entertainment
                                                  at a railway crossing push stalled cars off the       As he lights the match, the house went into            gold with glitter on it, too. Then find a shovel,   houses are. There                                                                                                                  is not scary enough.      Traverse city. Michigan. Hours: Oct.
                                                  tracks.” A bus full of children stalled on a set      flames. Everyone died.                                 paint that gold and then carry it around with a     are various haunt-                                                                                                                 The Tackett’s family      27-31, 6-11pm. Cost: to be announced.
                                                  of train tracks in San Antonio, Texas. A train                     People say the boy was good and quiet     bag of gold rocks. Another fun costume with         ed houses in our                                                                                                                   is not the only ones      Website:

 creative ideas!
                                                  was coming too fast to stop in time for the bus       on the outside but on the inside he was torn           a punch line, which can be for two people,          area that bring the fear without empting           have had a haunted house in their own front                                     involved, friends of      9. Niles Haunted House Scream Park
                                                  to get off the tracks. The bus was hit and all        apart. That is why people believe the house            is Hawaiian Punch. One person dresses up a          your pockets.                                      yard for the past 16 or more years, that’s          the family get involved. “A bad haunted house         855 Mayflower Rd.
was lost for a couple of hours.                   the children died.                                    was the way it was. The house ended up ruined          boxer, and then the other person dresses up            Halloween has become a big thing for teens.     free but just as scary as the other ones. “My       is lack of material and creativity.” Tackett said.    Niles, Michigan. Hours: Oct. 27-31, 7pm
                                                              This legend has actually been re-         on the inside but on the outside it looks as if        as a Hula-girl.                                     Most want to be scared, get free candy, and        favorite part is scaring people,” said Tackett.     Halloween calls for a fun time in haunted             to 10pm. Cost varies. Website: www.
1.Dress up like a crazy person and have           corded with a sheriff present at the railway          nothing happened at all.                                   When using make-up for your costumes,           not spend a lot of money going to different        His father has liked Halloween for a long time      houses.                                     
friends chase you down the street dressed         tracks. Before starting, the car was cleaned of                    The stories behind these legends are      make sure that your face is completely clean        haunted houses. Some of the popular area           and ever since Tackett was a child they made                                                              10. Creepy Hollow Haunted Hayride
as doctors.                                       any handprints. When the process was over,            mainly about someone dying or someone al-              before you put foundation on. To keep the           haunted houses are: Jaycees’ Crypt of Carnage      their haunted house in their front yard, it’s a                                                           Columbiaville sports complex at the
2.As trick or treaters are coming up to the       children’s handprints were on the back end            ways ends up hurt or dead. But, the question           make-up from drying, you use a moisturizing         in Westland, Jaycees’ Present the Haunted          bit of a tradition for his family. Their haunted                                                          corner of marathon and 5th St.
door, dress in black and carry a TV out of        bumper of the car.                                    is are they really true? You might never know          lotion for your face to wear underneath all the     Morgue here in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, and         house may seem amateurish to some, but is                                                                 Columbiaville, Michigan Oct.13-28 th
your window.                                                  Who knows for sure how many               unless it happens to you.                              make-up. Also make sure that the make-up is         the well-known Wiards orchard’s Night Terrors      very professional. “I haven’t changed anything                                                            7pm to 11pm. Cost: 7 dollars per person.
3.Go to haunted houses                            haunted places there are in Ypsilanti, but the                                                               hypo-allergenic, safe for sensitive skin and can    in Ypsilanti. The prices are $14.00 at Wiards      because of other places, our ideas are mostly                                                             Website:
4.Use your imagination!                           amount of urban legends is amazing. One                                                                      be easily removed.                                  and $8.00 at the Jaycees. Some other haunted       original or from movies with Freddy Krueger