Halloween is Oct. 31 and is one of the oldest holidays celebrated in the world. There are many versions of the origin and history of Halloween, but the most accepted version is that the Halloween came from Celtic history. Christians celebrated ‘All Saints Day’ on November 1, a festival to honor Christian saints and convert pagans to Christianity. October 31 was observed as ‘All Hallows Eve’, and thus Halloween derived its name.
In Versailles ‘trick or treat’ for the children is observed on Sunday afternoon from 1 – 4 p.m. As a child I always looked forward to the event of trick or treat. Mom helped my sister and I find a suitable costume within her closet. We were either a gypsy, a witch, or a hippie. On occasion we dressed in a store bought cartoon character; those were probably the most disappointing. It was always to cold to wear the costume without a coat or lots of clothes underneath and since those old store costumes were made so cheaply, the seams usually ripped out before you got to your first doorstep.
Over time things have changed slightly, although ‘trick or treat’ is still a child’s event Halloween and ‘trick or drinking’ is an event for adults. This weekend there will be many Halloween parties at homes, bars, and social clubs. The costumes have changed too. Witch costumes are more like hooker outfits. They are either off the shoulder, have a plunging neckline, an exaggerated slit skirt or a micro mini shirt/dress with fishnet hose. The costumes are borderline tacky, but some people can pull them off tastefully. Regardless, it’s an evening of dress up in which the child within awakens! Because we may have to grow old but we don’t have to grow up. This weekend embrace your inner child by dressing up in either a scary, naughty, or sweet outfit. Or go to a haunted house, take a haunted hayride, host or attend a Halloween party, watch a horror movie or just stay home and lock the doors shielding yourself from things that go bump in the night. Saturday the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will hold their annual Food drive starting at 9:00 am. Don’t forget to put your yellow plastic bag in a visible location, for the scouts to pick up your donation. Remember items should be non-perishable goods in non-glass containers.
Saturday evening, October 27, is the 12th Annual Versailles Athletic Booster Dinner/Auction which will be held at the School Cafetorium. This is a great event that benefits Versailles athletics. It is guaranteed to be a great evening with a buffet style dinner, fabulous auction items and lots of socializing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30. For tickets contact Cathy Peters at 937-214-2974 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also Saturday evening “Shimer’s” will be playing music at the Vet’s Club ‘Bunker’ from 9 p.m. – midnight. Club members are encouraged to bring guests.
Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm (just before the hours of “Trick or Treat” their will be a “Soup Lunch Fundraiser” to benefit the Versailles area Young Life program. The event will feature vegetable, chili and chicken noodle soup at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willowdell.
The Versailles Museum will be open during the hours of “Trick or Treat” (1 until 4 p.m.) this Sunday so include them on your candy route. Congratulations to Marine Corps Private Andrew Vencill, for graduating from recruit training at Parris Island, SC. Andrew is the son of Rebecca Eckard and Clinton Vencill and a 2012 graduate of Versailles High School.
Congratulations to Versailles Schools for earning the overall top rating of “Excellent with Distinction” for the fifth consecutive year. Also congratulations to thirty seven students who were inducted into the National Honor Society this past Monday. They are: Baleigh Reed, Bre’Ann Morris, Brooke Wehrkamp, Cassidy Condon, Clay Wilker, Chloe Warvel, Adam Borchers, Amanda Winner, Andrew Kramer, Bailey Marshal, Cole Albers, Courtney Prenger, Damien Richard, Darren Subler, Dylan Hesson, Elizabeth White, Emily Harman, Hannah Marshal, Jennifer Buschur, John Marchal, Kaci Lawrence, Katelyn Wendel, Katie Heckman, Kayla McEldowney, Nick Campbell, Olivia Schlater, Paige Holsapple, Rachel Kremer, Todd Hilgefort, Tyler Rose, Zachary Grilliot, Kelly Murphy, Kelsey Berning, Kristen Collins, Lauren Bohman, Matt Mangen, and Miranda Huddle, On the sports front, congratulations to the boy’s cross country team who won the District Title and the girl’s cross country team who are District runner-ups.
Also congratulations to the girl’s volleyball team for getting into the sectional games, and to Amanda Winner and Lauren Bruns who made first team All-MAC, Rachel Kremer, Olivia Schlater, and Christa Puthoff who made second team All-MAC and Katie Grieshop who received honorable mention All-MAC. Healing prayers and get well wishes to Jerry Stammen, Ann George Wehrley, Jerry Paulus, Red Kremer, Alice Broering, Cecilia Subler, Rusty Whittaker, Donna Francis, Tom Henry, Sandy DeLaet, Betty Schlarman, Melissa Waymire, Linda Fridley, Denny Petitjean, Tony Monnin, John Magoto and all those in need that are not mentioned by name but in need of prayers. Hello to Vickie Jones, Rose Ann Grilliot, Janet Keyser, Jerry McConaha, Marvin Keller, Janet Gaier, Edith Hawkins, Nihla Davis, Doris Phlipot, Joe Henry, Diane Schrader, and Shari Lenox. Happy Birthday wishes to Jane Mumaw, Trisha Moeller, Lou Hoelscher, Catherine Grow, Alvina Peltier, Meagan Winner, Scott Toller, Donna Monnin, Tom Donnelly, Dale Borchers, Noreen Wendeln, Jerry Paulus, Kate Bruns, Lisa Zumberger, Ed Grogean, Agnes Pohlman, Tillie Virden, Beth Henry, Debbie Fritz, Pam Barga, Marlene Zumberger, Allen Pierron, Connie McEldowney, Jerry Borchers, April Kimmel, Rosie Subler, Kristy Earick, Jerry Thiebeau, and Kay Dapore. Happy anniversary wishes to Morgan and Matt Aultman (10), Sol and Joe Bulcher (20), and Karen and John Shardo (32). My heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of Barb Ely, Rosie Hahn, Diane Anderson, and Sandra Cwik, also remembering the lives of Dick Herron, Opal Subler, Jerry Heitkamp, Patrick Miller, Kevin Rue, Norma Utz, Lois Roll, Craig and Doug Meier, Rose Koverman, Urban Ratermann, and Doris Litten as the anniversary of their departure from this world approaches.
“I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.” ~Unknown
“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, May luck be yours on Halloween.” ~Unknown
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.