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What a treat! East End hosting 4th annual Halloween event

October 26, 2012

This photo may look scary, and that's because it is! It's the front porch of the home of Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo and Jan Zamperini, located at 709 East Mahoning St. Halloween will be celebrated from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday during the fourth annual East End Trick-or-Treat event. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

EAST END — Halloween may mean you have the opportunity to go out to just trick-or-treat, but in the East End it's much, much more. Halloween is an annual celebration.

The fourth annual East End Trick-or-Treat will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and is open to all area children, said Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo, who, along with her partner, Jan Zamperini, have been transforming their fabulous old-fashioned home into a haunted house.

The East End Trick-or-Treat begins at the East End Bridge and concludes at Cindee's Country Corner and includes State Street, said Lorenzo.

Paula Quick, of the Playhouse Children's Center located at 218 Lane Ave., will be hosting a spooky indoor playground, a new attraction this year for the wee little ghosts and goblins.

"It's kind of spooky-friendly, geared toward the younger children in the community," Quick said, adding that it will not put a scare into the little ones if they want to join in the fun too.

Other events in the East End include:

• First Assembly of God will be hosting "Light the Night" on Rockland Avenue.

• The Momyers at the top of Highland Avenue will once again be hosting a spooky movie and games.

Lorenzo said she and Zamperini could never do all of the work themselves and are thankful for the assistance of the 20 or more volunteers who help with the decorating.

"Last year, we handed out over 700 treat bags, and we hope to hand out 900 this year," she said.

She also put out a teaser for folks who have experienced the East End event before, letting them know there’s something special awaiting them this year.

"There is a special surprise this year for all the trick-or-treaters that come to our house," Lorenzo said.

East End Trick-or-Treaters are encouraged to go only to houses that have the porch light on. REACT will be assisting the little ghosts and goblins as they make their rounds.

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