PLATTSBURGH — This year, 6-year-old Madison Hunt wanted her Halloween costume to be pretty — and pretty scary.
“I see people with vampires and ghosts and goblins, so I thought, I could be a zombie bride,” said the first-grader, who attends Bailey Avenue Elementary School.
Madison donned her getup, complete with a blood-stained white dress and veil, to “Malloween,” a trick-or-treating event held recently at Champlain Centre in Plattsburgh.
There, the Press-Republican spoke with her and several other area kids about candy, costumes and the meaning of Halloween.
POUNDS OF CANDY
According to 10-year-old Jack Mather, the holiday may have originated with one young boy whose sweet tooth drove him to trick people into giving him candy.
“I think I heard it in a book one time,” said the fourth-grader, who attends Saranac Elementary School.
“He wanted some candy.”
Jack, who also wants candy, said he plans to bring in about nine pounds of it this Halloween.
With the help of his family, Jack created his “jack of diamonds” costume by drawing images of the playing card on large pieces of poster board. The boards are held together with straps, which sit on his shoulders to create a sandwich board.
“It took a long time to make it,” he said. “I wanted to do something with my name, so I was going to be a jack-in-the-box, but I actually decided to be a jack.”
MITT AND MONARCH
Jeremiah Rascoe’s costume, on the other hand, was inspired by the upcoming national elections.
The 11-year-old, who attends fifth grade at Momot Elementary School, dressed up as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
And, as an aspiring butterfly scientist, it’s no wonder 6-year-old Breyanna Bassett chose her monarch butterfly suit.
“I like butterflies,” said the first-grader, who attends Saranac Elementary School. “They’re very pretty, and I wanted to be something that had wings for Halloween.”