MCCC celebrates Halloween

Being a daycare facility is just part of what the Marcellus Community Childcare Center does.

The administrators at MCCC also build community. How do they do that, though? Well, they introduce the children who attend the center to businesses and residents during special activities.

Trick-or-treating on Halloween is one of the activities that the children enjoy each year. This year, on Friday Oct. 31 all of the little ones lined up with their parents and the employees to march up and down Main and North streets collecting candy and showing off their costumes.

"It's a nice casual day for us," said Sharon Morgan, director of MCCC. "This is a fun day."

Before heading out to get treats from the local businesses and municipal offices, Morgan said the center calls to make sure they are allowed to stop by. There were few locations the parade didn't stop at.

"I think it's a great community connection," said Nancy at MCCC.

The event is very positive and a great way for the kids to feel that connection with their hometown, Nancy said.

According to Morgan, the trick-or-treating activity has been going on for probably 20 years or more.

Robin and The Hulk walked side-by-side -- on an average day they are known as Damyn LeClair and PJ Lohnes -- while little Ella Butler was dressed as a bumblebee and snuggled up with her father as they waited their turn at the village office.

Racecar driver Zander Kelley and firefighter Mac Cyris stood together after meeting the employees at the town office. Other costumes ranged from an octopus and unicorn to the more traditional Batman, princesses and an adorable little devil -- also known as Brody Cook.

Due to the center's peanut-free policy, the candy was collected by teachers during the walk about town and was later split up for all the children to take home.

Since the day was meant to be relaxing and fun for everyone, the kids nestled down to watch a movie in the afternoon and then nibble on some pizza. Morgan said the pizza is ordered so parents who are working don't have to rush home and try to get dinner together before taking their children door-to-door.

"It's a great way for us to involve parents," Morgan said of the day.

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