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Pelham Parents Prepared for Trick-or-Treating

PELHAM, N.Y. – Gwen Tapogna will walk around her neighborhood with a fairy and Darth Vader on Halloween night looking for candy as she takes her children trick-or-treating.

Tapogna bought her son’s costume at the end of September, but her daughter has known she wanted to be a fairy since she got her dance recital outfit last year. A few modifications to the outfit will allow Tapogna’s daughter to turn into the feathered creature for Halloween night.

Tapogna has lived in Pelham since 1998. She said she and her children will go trick-or-treating in their immediate neighborhood for about half an hour. And once they collect the candy, the mother will take a quick look to check for any unwelcome sweets.

“We dole it out very slowly and see every piece they eat,” Tapogna said.

Ashley Dolan, who has lived in Pelham for three years, has a five-year-old girl, a three-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl. Each will dress as Star Wars characters on Halloween. Dolan said they will only trick-or-treat for about an hour, but the Halloween festivities will start for her oldest child with a parade at Colonial Elementary School. The mother of three said they will hunt for candy within a few blocks of their home.

Dolan said her children never wind up eating all of the candy they collect and that she generally limits them to one piece of candy per day. She and her children will join an enthusiastic Pelham community on Halloween.

“People are involved in Halloween,” Dolan said. “Everyone gets very into it.”

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