OWASCO — Elsa from the movie "Frozen," the comic book character Deadpool and a ninja were all sword fighting in Owasco Saturday.

Children and a smattering of adults were in costumes for the Old-Fashioned Halloween event at the Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center. A parade, trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, horse rides and a costume contest were among the early holiday activities available.

Infant Trevor Schug, dressed as a giraffe, won the contest for best animal costume. The crowd let out a collective "Aww!" as Trevor, in the arms of his mother, Nicole Schug, got a prize from a nearby table.

Nicole Schug said she believed Trevor, his lips and tongue a dark blue mess from a sucker, had a good time. Nicole said that she hadn't heard of the museum until someone mentioned the Halloween event a week ago. She said she was glad she and her little jungle animal attended.

Roger Gunn was one of the many volunteers on candy duty. Sometimes Gunn asked the children to show him a trick after they shouted "Trick or treat!" and was largely greeted with silence and blank stares in response. 

Gunn, a veteran museum volunteer, said he is proud of the work the facility does for the community.

"The appeal is that we are a unique museum. We have things no other museum has, and everything we do is free," Gunn said.

Kayla Side, who spent hours at the event with her daughter Allie Coates — decked out as a vampire — and a group, said she enjoyed the event despite going to the activities instead of writing a research paper she was supposed to have been working on.

Heather Whitten came to the event as television personality and fellow Cornell University alum Bill Nye. Whitten said she believes taking children to events can often be draining on wallets, while the museum's Halloween event allowed families to get candy, play and do other activities for no cost.

"Honestly, I think (the museum) is like a best kept secret, but it needs to not be a secret," Whitten said.

Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or kelly.rocheleau@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.


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