December 1, 2021

Halloween fun in forecast

Kevin Conlon/city editor

Michael Pittsley, a senior at Homer High School, walks Friday along North West Street in Homer after school with a Mad Hatter costume.

The ambiance: dark. The temperature: dropping to about 41. The forecast: slight chance of showers.

Sounds almost perfect for an upstate Halloween, coming Sunday. Or at least snow isn’t in the forecast.

But the forecast includes faeries, superheroes, Care Bears, Cinderella, Kylo Ren and maybe Michael Myers, so be careful on the roads.

The Cortland Police Department says no specific hours are set for trick-or-treating, but officers will scan candy with a metal detector if people stop by the station on Court Street.

Among the other goings-on:

CANDY CHECK

TLC Emergency Medical Services, with the Cortland County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association and police and fire departments will check Halloween candy from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at a number of locations:

  • Food Bag, 155 Tompkins St., Cortland.
  • Byrne Dairy, 117 Groton Ave., Cortland.
  • Cortland Fire Department, 21 Court St.
  • Cincinnatus Fire Department, 5722 Telephone Road.
  • Cortlandville Fire Station, 999 Route 13. n Homer Fire Station, 45 S. Main St.
  • McGraw Fire Station, 7 W. Center St.
  • Preble Fire Station, 1911 Preble Road.
  • Virgil Fire Station, 1195 W. State Road.

Volunteers to scan candy with a metal detector for metal fragments, pins or other foreign metal objects. However, the scanners find metal, not glass, plastic or wood, so organizers advise parents to check the candy, again, before the kids seek a sugar rush.

CHURCHES PLAN TRUNK-OR-TREAT

Virgil United Methodist Church and Cortland Homer Avenue United Methodist Church will host trunk-or-treat events Sunday for Halloween.

Virgil’s will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Virgil church, 1194 Church St. The Homer Avenue church’s event will be 3 to 5 p.m. at 30 Homer Ave.

TRUXTON OUTPOST HALLOWEEN PARTY

The Truxton Outpost General Store at 3728 Route 13 will offer free cider and doughnuts, crafts and pumpkin painting for the kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

A HEROES AND VILLAINS HALLOWEEN

Heroes and Villains comics at 75 E. Court St., Cortland, will feature artists, costumes, candy and free comics from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Go as your favorite superhero.

DAISY HOLLOW FARM “HOLLOW”EEN FUN ON THE FARM

The farm at 830 Daisy Hollow Road, Dryden, will have a costume contest, pony rides, indoor and outdoor shopping and a fire pit from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

KID’S HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA AT EXIT 9 MARKETPLACE

Expect coloring, cookie decorating, a costume contest, pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, goodie bag, cider, chocolate milk and doughnuts from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 57 Cortland St., Marathon. Admission is $20 a child.

TRICK-OR-TRUNK AT BIG EASY STABLES

The costume contest and trick-or-trunk starts at 2 p.m Sunday at the stables at 2799 Route 215, Virgil, after the horseback riding lessons.