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Avoiding tricks with treats

November 9, 2011
WESTFIELD — Ghouls, goblins and characters of all sorts paraded the hallways of Westfield Academy and Central School as well as Absolut Care of Westfield this past Halloween day.

On Monday, Oct. 31, nine elementary school classes walked over to Absolut to share the holiday “spirit” with residents, showing off their costumes and getting some candy in return.

“They’re very happy to see the kids,” WACS Elementary Principal Paula Troutman said, herself dressed to the nines as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, complete with green hands and face and carrying a broom. “Their faces just light up. … It’s a very positive experience.

“They too enjoy going over there,” Troutman said of the students.

Over 140 kids participated after parading through the school’s hallways, reminding the high schoolers what it is like to be a kid on Halloween.

“It’s nice to let them take a day and let them be kids,” Troutman said. “I take great joy in it also.”

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Elementary school students from Westfield Academy and Central School get some treats to ward off any tricks from, left to right, activities director Jonelle Anderson and case manager Leslie Flexer on their way out of Absolut Care of Westfield on Monday, Oct. 31 after parading through the halls of the facility, showing off their costumes and celebrating the holiday with residents.



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