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The residents of Chrisman were definitely in the Halloween spirit last weekend. Members of the community participated in the costume parade as well as the costume contest and enjoyed the other festivities.
Participants lined up between the Chrisman Post Office and the Food Pantry, then made their way around the square, ending at the gazebo to sign up for the costume contest. The parade began with the Chrisman Police and the American Legion leading the way. Those in the parade could either walk or ride in a golf cart, four wheeler, bicycle or side by side.
A total of one hundred and three participants entered the Chrisman Area Community Club and First Farmers Bank & Trust costume contest. Instead of the usual location at the Chrisman Junior High, this year, the contest was held in City Park, on the basketball court.
Contestants entered the categories of two and under (ten entries); Princesses and fairies (five entries); Cartoon, Movie & TV Characters (twenty-two entries); Witches, Monsters & Ghosts (twenty-four entries); Groups of two or more (eleven entries); Miscellaneous (twenty-three entries) and Thirteen and older (eight entries). Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place in each category as well as participation awards.
Knight Insurance served free meals to all trick or treaters and their families, serving a total of three hundred seventy-five meals.
During the events, in the gazebo, pumpkins were entered in the pumpkin decorating contest. One entry was required for each pumpkin. Groups included Cutest, Scariest, Most Original and Funniest. Winners were awarded two tickets to the Scare on the Square. The contest was sponsored by the Chrisman American Legion Post 477 Auxiliary.
Trick or Treating began at 5:00 p.m., along with the Trunk or Treat. Cars were set up between Illinois and Madison. All vehicles that were decorated in the designated areas were judged by Alice Lientz of the Chrisman Leader.
The Baldwin family was awarded two free tickets to Scare on the Square donated by Anita Marvin. The family dressed up as the cast of Scooby-Doo and painted their van as the Mystery Machine, complete with Scooby Snacks to hand out to trick or treaters.
The Scare on the Square began at 6:00 p.m. for the younger crowd to walk through. Seven o’clock marked the full scare as the line lasted well into the night.
Proceeds from the scare benefited the Chrisman Public Library.