Monday, October 31, 2011
Heidi Klum will choose the Grand Prize winner from our favorite photos of your creative kids' costumes
Which kid in America has the most creative Halloween costume in the pumpkin patch? That's what we intend to find out with your photos and the help of celebrity judge Heidi Klum, who will select the Grand Prize winner. Patch will whisk the winner to New York or Los Angeles for a three-day, two-night trip for two that includes a meet and greet with Heidi, plus a donation of $1,031 to a local charity of the winner's choice. Nine runners up will also get a $1,031 donation from Patch to a local charity of their choice. Full contest rules are here. We have stopped accepting entries for the contest, but we'd love for you to continue sharing your Halloween photos on Patch! Simply click the green Submit Your Photos button (above or below), and …
When are teens too old to be trick-or-treating?
At some point tonight, the doorbell will ring, and the first trick-or-treater will arrive. And that first trick-or-treater will be a cute, adorable 2-year-old in the most adorable little costume. Then a steady stream of cute, adorable young people will arrive, wave after wave, ringing the doorbell and collecting candy. Finally, the doorbell will stop ringing, and it will appear the night has ended. Homeowners will begin winding down, putting away their candy and getting their own sugar-crazed children to bed. And then they arrive – the teenagers. Wearing lousy costumes and carrying pillowcases, they ring the doorbell and demand candy, and you think ... really? Aren't you too old for this?
Hampden Meadows Volunteer Fire Company is hostings it fourth annual spookfest tonight starting at 6:30 pm.
Would you get scared by a masked madman chasing you around with a chainsaw? Are you afraid to walk by a grave in the dark? Does a headless corpse send shivers through your body? Expect to see all this tonight – and probably quite a bit more – at the fourth annual "Haunted Meadows" put on by the Hampden Meadows Volunteer Fire Company on Sowams Road. What you will experience will remain a secret until you actually experience it tonight. But if last year’s Haunted Meadows is any indication, you might see a bloody crime scene, a cemetery, an insane surgeon or a chainsaw-wielding madman who jumps out of a grave. The volunteer firefighters spend a couple of days creating the Halloween-night experience. Stop by and get spooked for yourself …
Barrington Police Department suggests that parents go over these tips with their children for a safer Halloween; extra patrols will hand out sticks and candy.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, October 31, 2011
Barrington police offers will hand out glow sticks and candy to trick-or-treaters tonight. "The guys love doing it," said Animal Control Officer John Duffy, who coordinated the roundup of glow sticks and candy as PAL (Police Athletic League) coordinator. Extra police patrols will be out and about Barrington for Halloween, said Police Chief John LaCross. They will give out the glow sticks for trick-or-treater to wear on their wrists and legs "as an extra safety precaution." LaCross also suggests that you take a few minutes to go over these Halloween safety tips with your children before they go out trick-or-treating tonight. You can find these tips on the Barrington Police Department website as well: http://www.ci.barrington.ri.us/…
Friday, October 28, 2011
Halloween trick-or-treaters can bring in their unwanted candy to Jaffe Orthodontics in Barrington and walk away with up to $5; candy then goes to troops deployed overseas.
Jordan Jaffe has a deal for trick-or-treaters who want to turn their sweet booty into real cash after Halloween. “My Barrington orthodontics office is hosting a Halloween candy ‘buy-back’ for our patients on Nov. 1 from 5-7 pm,” said Jaffe of Jaffe Orthodontics in Barrington and Portsmouth. “We pay patients for their unwanted Halloween candy, and the candy is sent to the troops serving in war zones,” he said. There is a limit: $1 per pound up to 5 pounds. “Most of our patients wear braces, of course, and they aren’t supposed to eat candy,” he said. “Some do anyway. But the others can turn it in for cash.” Several local businesses are also contributing coupons for free food for kids who bring in their candy, he said. "That's been pretty …
The author of the children's book, "Mercy: The Last New England Vampire," is coming to Barrington Books Saturday for its authors event with a Halloween spin.
Just in time for Halloween, a Portland, Maine, children’s writer has put a Rhode Island twist on a book about vampires. Sarah L. Thomson comes to Barrington on Saturday, Oct. 29, to take part in Barrington Books' annual Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators Event. She is one of eight writers who will be signing books at a family event with a Halloween spin. Thomson has written more than 25 books for children of all ages. “It really is hard to categorize me,” she said from her home. “But it keeps my life interesting when I do a variety of things.” Her vampire book is titled “Mercy: The Last New England Vampire.” It uses as a backdrop to the contemporary novel the true story of Mercy Brown, who lived in Exeter in the 1890s and was …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Barrington Books hosts on Saturday, Oct. 29, a frightfully festive event with children's books authors and illustrators, including six from Barrington.
Ten noted children’s authors and illustrators, including six from Barrington, will be at Barrington Books on Saturday, Oct 29, for what is being billed as a frightfully festive family event. It’s the third annual Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators Event from 10 am to 4 pm at the Barrington shopping plaza bookstore. And it has Halloween written all over the day-long event. Besides the authors and illustrators, the event will feature “many tricks and treats throughout the day, including book signings, costumes, crafts and a spooky story hour,” said Jennifer Massotti, store manager. “Costumes are encouraged” for the spooky story hour, which starts at 1 pm, she said. The authors and illustrators will sign books in two-hour blocks of …
George LaCross has spent most of his life being intrigued and entertained by amusement parks, especially the spooky 'dark rides'.
You've probably taken a spooky trip in total darkness through an amusement park ride known in the business as a "dark ride." George LaCross of Barrington has taken hundreds and hundreds of those rides. He credits the launch of his career as a writer to a dark ride -- the Laff in the Dark at the former Crescent Park Amusement Park in Riverside. LaCross, an amusement park aficionado, is one of the world’s authorities on dark rides – sometimes referred to as tunnels of love. He and his business partner, Bill Luca of Salem, Mass., have even titled their website Laff in the Dark. It is billed as the leading source of information on dark rides and funhouses. The Barrington man grew up a couple of miles away from Crescent Park in the Kent Heights…
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Barrington Patch would like to see photos of your best Halloween decorations and costumes.
Are you into Halloween? You have plenty of Jack-o-lanterns in your front yard. You’ll welcome ghosts and goblins to your house. You’ll wear a witch costume to greet trick-or-treaters. You might even go trick-or-treating yourself. Barrington Patch would like to see photos of your Halloween decorations. From your gapped-tooth pumpkin carvings to your spooky skeletons, we’d like to share them with other Patch users. Upload your spookiest and scariest Halloween decorations and costumes to this page or Barrington Patch’s Facebook page. Or just email them to William.Rupp@Patch.com. We want to see who is really into Halloween in Barrington.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Patch’s Little Pumpkin Costume Challenge with Heidi Klum needs your entries now
Which kid in America has the most creative Halloween costume in the pumpkin patch? That's what we intend to find out with your photos and the help of celebrity judge Heidi Klum, who will select the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize? Patch will whisk the winner to New York or Los Angeles for a two day, three night trip for two that includes a meet and greet with Heidi, plus a donation of $1031 to a local charity of the winner's choice. Nine runners up will also get a $1031 donation from Patch to a local charity of their choice. Entering is easy. Just upload a photo of your kid, 12 years of age or younger, in his or her Halloween costume. Entries must be made by the parent or legal guardian of the child photographed. Full rules are here. …