Trick-or-treating was always one of the simple joys of childhood for me. Despite my mother’s pure hatred of all things Halloween, we would always be suited up on Halloween night to go collect our loot. My father and I were an inseparable team on those nights.
We would hit the neighborhood like a finely tuned machine. I would give my song and dance, I would collect my loot, and most times I would be willing to share some of my bounty with my associate.
It’s been many years since we hit the town on Halloween night but I will carry those memories with me for many years to come, and hopefully someday create new memories on Halloween with children of my own. And I’m sure my dad would dust off his old costumes and hit the town with us all over again.
One thing I missed by only a few years was the rise of the newest trend — trunk-or-treating. Cars go into a parking lot and trick-or-treaters go from car to car and collect candy. If this sounds like something you might be interested in participating in then you are in luck. West Pittston Crime Watch is sponsoring a trunk or treat in the parking lot of Corpus Christi Parish from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.
If you would like to participate in the event and decorate your car, you must register your vehicle. To register, send your license plate number, name and phone number to email@example.com. Cars can begin to show up and decorating can begin at 3 p.m.
Here’s what else is happening around town.
Corpus Christi Parish news
The Social Concerns Committee of Corpus Christi Parish is conducting a fall food drive. The group will gladly accept all nonperishable food donations. Donations can be left in the vestibules of the churches. Some suggestions include: hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, coffee, tea, fruit juices, canned fruits, stuffing, boxed or canned potatoes and yams, and canned or boxed gravy.
The parish’s Adult Education Series on sacred scripture and the mysteries of the rosary began Oct. 5 and will be held at 7 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays. Each session will last for approximately 75 minutes and will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church. To sign up for the program or to find out more information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Valenti at 570-885-5432 or email@example.com.
The next communal baptism will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in Immaculate Conception Church. Or, if you prefer, you may choose another date and time and have your child privately baptized. To schedule a baptism, please call the rectory at 570-654-2753.
The annual Halloween Mass at Corpus Christi Parish will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Immaculate Conception Church. At this Mass, the youth choir will sing and children of the parish are invited to take part as ushers, lectors, heavenly hosts and gift bearers. Everyone is invited to come in costume!
Mass will be followed by a party in the Immaculate Conception hall.
The parish’s annual Bereavement Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Immaculate Conception Church. At this Mass, the parish will remember more than 70 friends and family members who died from Nov. 1, 2016 through Oct. 31, 2017.
In the next week or so, the next of kin will receive an invitation to this beautiful liturgy in the mail. For a special presentation at this Mass, the church is asking for a picture of your deceased family member. Please mail or drop it off at the rectory or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date! Sunday, Dec. 10, the adult choir and youth choir will hold a holiday concert at 6 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Following the concert, a reception will be held in the church hall.
First West Pittston United Methodist Church news
First West Pittston United Methodist Church has worship at 10 a.m. every Sunday.
Kindergarten readiness — Become a regular at this Friday afternoon early literacy program designed to introduce children to the library, get them interested in books and develop the skills needed for school. Spend some fun one-on-one time with your child or grandchild as you read books, sing songs, play games and make crafts centered around the weekly, kid-friendly theme. Learn pre-reading techniques that you can do at home to enhance their skills. Please register by Wednesday of each week.
Local Author Sean Carroll’s Baseball Poetry — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. “Caught Looking” by West Pittston resident Sean Carroll offers a broad view of the human condition through the lens of our national pastime, baseball. Divided into the seasons in which baseball is played, the poems represent a gradual shift from early themes of innocence and nostalgia to the more realistic — and often disillusioning — facets of experience. Visit the library for an author’s reading of select poems as well as a book signing celebrating the intersection of art and sport.
Blood Slime — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. It’s ooey. It’s gooey, and it’s taking over the library (cue R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps No. 28: The Blob That Ate Everyone)! Grown-ups and kids alike will be cheering as a new glob of colorful, Borax-free ooze is made each week. Participants should be able to measure or have someone there who can assist them.
This last slime activity for the season brings with it a whole Halloween celebration. Come as you are or in a simple festive getup so nothing stands in the way of your Halloween fun. Participants will play pass the pumpkin, musical graves and go on a candy walk with sweet rewards. Then everyone leaves with their own bag of homemade gooey AB blood!
Participants must bring with them a set of measuring spoons, medium and large mixing bowl, baking sheet and 1-cup liquid measuring cup.
Monogram Cross Stitch Class — 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Learn a new skill in time to create a few holiday presents! Enjoy a relaxing, hands-on craft that you can later do while you watch TV, listen to the radio or have coffee with friends. Visit the library to learn the basics of cross-stitch and hand sewing to make a monogrammed lavender sachet. No previous sewing experience is necessary.
Registration is required and there is a $5 fee for the class. Stop by the library to sign up and pay for the class.
Block Party — from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Looking for something to do when school is closed for Veterans Day? Pop in and enjoy the library’s vast collection of building toys. Playing is no idle pastime and building materials offer children an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building. Build a tower, a neighborhood or a car while building math skills, science skills, literacy and language skills, social skills and creativity. Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847.
Maria’s Shabby Chic Workshop — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. Join the library’s own Maria Jiunta Heck as she showcases the various techniques you can easily employ to perk up your old furniture and knick knacks, including distressing furniture with wax and DIY milk paint, application of silver leafing, and other helpful hints to give any home décor a little facelift. Everyone gets a treat to take home. Registration is required. Call 570-654-9847 to register.
International Game Day — 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. The library is connecting the community around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games: board, online, card and apps. Grab your friends and your favorite game and head to the library for some good ol’ fashioned fun! Giant floor checkers, Spot It, Guess Who, Uno, Twister and Giant Connect Four will be provided. Then participants will gather together for Hungry, Hungry Humans and take over the library as teams of three compete on scooters to collect the most plastic balls. Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registration is not accepted through Facebook.
Leaf pick up
Leaf pick up began Monday, Oct. 2, and will continue Mondays and Tuesdays for eight weeks. The last leaf and yard waste collection will be Dec. 12, or until the first snowfall. Residents are reminded they are responsible for the leaves in front of their homes and are asked not to put leaves in gutters. Anyone placing leaves in gutters will be cited.
Parks and Recreation
Join the fun at West Pittston Park and Recreation’s Halloween party at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Morris Park.
There will be prizes for scariest and most original costume, as well as best carved or painted pumpkin. The pumpkin judging will take place at 4:30 p.m. and the costume judging will take place at 4:45 p.m. The winners will be announced after a march to Moose Lodge 1207, where everyone will be able to enjoy some hotdogs, candy, pizza, soda, and other fun family friendly activities.
Yard waste is picked up Mondays from Erie to Montgomery Avenue and Tuesdays from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue.
The Public Works Department asks residents to please clean out the yard waste containers frequently to prevent the accumulation of mosquitoes and other bugs.
The recycling containers located at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.
Curbside collection of recyclables remains the first and third Thursday of each month. The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to recycling collection on Thursday morning.
See you around town.
John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To include an item in his column, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.