Auburn hosting Halloween festivities

Parents recommend trick-or-treating locations
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Going trick-or-treating? Want a scare in a haunted house? Ready to see some great decorations? Here are a few ideas to go along with your Halloween celebration. Chantal Tadlock, attendance clerk at Rock Creek Elementary School, said she and her children have favorite trick-or-treating spots. “Usually we either go over by Auburn Elementary … or we go over to the Deer Ridge neighborhood, which is off Dry Creek Road,” Tadlock said. Tadlock said the Lariat Ranch Road neighborhood is great for trick-or-treating, because there are a lot of houses within walking distance from each other. Tadlock said her daughters are dressing up as a dark angel and a sailor, and they each have things they enjoy most about the holiday. “Candy is No. 1, and I think for my 10-year-old, she likes to dress up in something she wouldn’t ever dress up in normally,” Tadlock said. “She gets to be someone she’s not. (My 15-year-old) just likes getting together with friends. I think that is her favorite part.” Aeolia Drive resident Dave Partak celebrates Halloween by crafting a spooky display of decorations in his front yard. This year Partak’s yard features a pumpkin patch, graveyard, a 20-foot pine tree decked out with purple and orange lights, a witch with a cauldron and ghosts hanging from his balcony. Partak said he adds to the decorations every year. “I think, next to Christmas, Halloween was my favorite holiday as a kid, and I’m too old to go trick-or-treating, so I enjoy decorating the house. I think a lot of it starts as a kid and just kind of carries into adulthood. (As a kid) I literally made battle plans, routes on how we were going to do our trick-or-treating.” Partak said he prefers not to make the decorations too scary. “I don’t like the really scary, horror movie stuff,” he said. “I’m more your traditional kind of scary, ghouls and goblins type.” Partak said the decorations usually garner positive reactions from spectators. “I think I do find we get a lot of people that come there after they are done with their regular trick-or-treating, and come specifically to see (the decorations). My usual response to them is, ‘I’m not done yet.’” Decorating is even more fun now that his 7-year-old son gets involved, Partak said. “Of course he will say he did all of it,” Partak said. Tonight Auburn Townhomes is hosting a haunted house and trick-or-treating opportunity. Children can visit 40 homes and go through an all-ages-friendly haunted house from 5-7 p.m. The haunted house features a ghost, witch, werewolf, coffin, murder scene and a chance to dig through some fake innards to find prizes. The townhomes are located at 13048 Lincoln Way at Herman Circle. Sheryl Breckenridge, Auburn Townhomes resident manager, said the celebration is a way to connect Auburn to the residential community. “The kids have a nice small community they can walk around in,” Breckenridge said. “We just figured it was a community event that people would appreciate.” Auburn resident Stephanie Ryder said she enjoys taking her children to the Vintage Oaks and Southridge neighborhoods off Auburn-Folsom Road. They also visit the Falcons Point neighborhood off Maidu Drive by Skyridge Elementary School. Ryder said she feels safe when her three children trick-or-treat in the area. “A lot of people participate,” Ryder said. “There are a lot of kids on the sidewalks. I like it because it is not only where we live, but there are a lot of families out.” Ryder said her 9-year-old son is a skeleton, her 6-year-old son is an Army soldier and her 4-year-old daughter is a ladybug. Ryder said she tries to make as much of her kids’ costumes as possible. “I enjoy that kind of thing, and they like to have their input as well,” she said. Halloween festivities also include a fall carnival from 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Sierra Grace Fellowship Church at 1260 Wesley Lane in Auburn. Reach Bridget Jones at ------------------------------------------------------ Auburn Townhomes Halloween celebration What: Trick-or-treating and a haunted house for all ages When: 5-7 p.m. Sunday Where: 13048 Lincoln Way, Auburn For information: Call (530) 887-9231