A Halloween to remember Children come from near and far to trick-or-treat on White Street

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hundreds of little superheroes, ghouls

and witches pounded the pavement on

White Street Tuesday, Oct. 31, celebrating

Halloween and earning candy in

the process. The street was crowded for

hours with trick-or-treaters, something

White Street resident Mark Hughes said

he’s come to expect over the years.

“Historically, White Street has always

been the place where people take their

kids,” Hughes said. “It’s flat, it’s easy,

it’s still a real neighborhood … there’s

very few businesses up here. I think it’s

the place to be on Halloween.”

Raven Leggett and Scott Rodier

agreed. The best part of Halloween on

White Street, Leggett said, is getting to

interact with everyone in costume.

“You kind of know everybody, but

during Halloween, you don’t know anyone,”

Leggett said. “I like it, because no

one is shy to take pictures with you. No

one is shy to talk with you.”

Seeing so many people dressed up,

Rodier said, is inspiring.

“I just love the creative costumes

you see here … some of the most I’ve

seen anywhere,” Rodier said. “There’s

so many legitimately cool unique costumes,

and growing up on White Street,

it means a lot to me.”

Carol and Larry Williamson said they

come to White Street on Halloween for

that very reason. In many places, Larry

Williamson said, you’ll see a lot of

store-bought costumes.

“Here, people make their own. That’s

the beauty of the art community we

have here in Eureka Springs,” he said.

“This wasn’t what Halloween was like

where I grew up. It’s better.”

“I agree 100 percent,” Carol Williamson

said. “This is more fun than almost

any other place I’ve been on Halloween.”

Alece Carrigan remembered when

she first brought her grandson to White

Street on Halloween 10 years ago, saying

she knew she had found something

special.

“I thought, ‘I’m Dorothy in The Wizard

of Oz who feels like I’m not in Kansas

anymore,’ ” Carrigan said. “The kids

are fabulous. The adults are fabulous.

We all need this.”

“It’s magical,” Scott Thompson said.

“It’s just magical, and it’s so cool to see

everyone come out, put all their energy

into this and have a good time.”

Keely Smith, 8, and Tener Schabacker,

9, had the same thing to say about

Halloween on White Street.

“It’s awesome!” they said.

Smith dressed as Bloody Mary, and

Schabacker donned a Scooby-Doo costume.

Why did they choose those costumes?

“I just like blood and gory stuff,”

Smith said.

“I have a baby brother,” Schabacker

said. “He’s Scrappy-Doo.”

Zeek Taylor, who has lived on White

Street for 30 years, said he has always

had a large number of trick-or-treaters.

When he first moved to Eureka Springs,

Taylor said, he handed out candy to

more than 500 children on Halloween.

“It really has grown,” Taylor said.

“When people move into an area on

the street, they don’t believe that many

trick-or-treaters are going to show up at

their door. A lot of the time they run out

of candy the first year.”

Over time, Taylor said, he’s learned

how much candy to have on hand. He

described what he gives out to trickor-

treaters, saying he puts together individual

bags of candy and other treats.

This year, Taylor said, he had 1,200

bags ready on Halloween. If he runs out

of bags, Taylor said, he keeps a bag of

loose candy to hand out.

“People still feel like their kids are

safe trick-or-treating here,” Taylor said.

“The houses are close to one another,and we have a lot of sidewalks. I know

they come from even Fayetteville to

trick-or-treat. I like that. As long as the

kids are having fun … that’s the purpose

of the whole thing.”

Running out of candy is a real concern,

Hughes said. Last year, he said, he

and his partner decided to start a candy

bank. Anyone could donate candy,

Hughes explained, so the neighbors on

White Street would be able to keep up

with all the trick-or-treaters.

“So many people in town want to participate.

They just don’t live on White

Street,” Hughes said. “When we got the

word out about the candy bank, people

were coming in with bags of candy saying,

‘We’re so glad you’re doing this. I

used to bring my kids up here when they

were little. This is my way of paying it

forward.’ ”

The candy bank means the whole

community can be involved in Halloween

on White Street, Hughes said, not

just the people who live in the neighborhood.

“That’s what’s really exciting. People

want to participate. They love Halloween,”

Hughes said. “I hear everybody’s

Halloween memories. I hear about how

their kids are in college but they used

to come to White Street to trick-ortreat.

There’s all this nostalgia wrapped

around it.”

Taylor agreed.

“When I was a kid, I loved Halloween.

I loved trick-or-treating,” Taylor

said. “It’s one of my fondest memories,

and I hope we’re creating memories for

the kids who come trick-or-treating in

Eureka. I think I’m having as much fun

as the kids are seeing them have fun.”

He continued, “As far as I’m concerned,

they are most welcome to join

in on the fun. We try to make it a memorable

experience for them. I want them

to know they are welcome, and I don’t

care where they live. It’s all about the

kids. If the kids want to come to Eureka

Springs for Halloween, come on. You’re

welcome.”

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