Halloween came early to the hamlet of Rhinecliff, as it has for more than 20 years.
Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary with financial assistance from the Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, the Halloween Party at the firehouse is a hallmark of the fall season in the hamlet.
This year, on Fri. Oct. 26, a variety of homemade games with names like “Blow the Ghost” and “Find My Eye” were run by student volunteers from Rhinebeck High School, Middle School and Boy Scout Troop 128. Joe Baer, president of the fire company, was the storyteller, spinning a tale of hamlet humor.
Each year the party entertains between 50 and 80 kids, 12 years old and under. This year, said Cynthia Baer, chair of the event, “Attendance was lower than we expected, especially in light of the weather predictions for Halloween this year, but everyone who came seemed to have a good time.”
She added in a news release, “We’ve been putting on this party for so long now that the kids that used to come with their parents as toddlers to play the games are now the kids who are running them. Everyone gets excited about coming here and everyone leaves with a bag of candy, prizes, a light-up necklace for Halloween night and a smile. It’s a safe way for kids and parents to get to know one another and to celebrate Halloween in the hamlet.”