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October 24, 2013

Newfane Stroll by Julie Obermiller

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — OK, who will admit to nibbling on the Halloween candy already? There’s enough candy corn and Smarties out there to blanket the earth, but the real draw is those itty bitty (and getting smaller all the time) candy bars that bring us back to our childhood. I can resist most of the sugary stuff, but a tiny Butterfingers bar is not safe in my vicinity, despite my altered eating habits this past year. I wisely did not buy any chocolate to keep on hand for Trick or Treaters, but it’s ritual for me to beg a Butterfingers from my niece or nephew’s bag, and I’m looking forward to it.

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Here are this week’s odd trivia facts to share. On every continent there is a city named Rome. Men blink half the amount of times that woman do. An ingredient in the production of dynamite is the peanut. Tongue prints are as unique as fingerprints (but what would you use for ink?). In a lifetime, a person can shed 40 pounds of skin. The mouth of a hippo can open up to four feet.

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This is your last chance this year to take a tour of the Van Horn Mansion by candlelight, and check out the resident ghosts! The Town of Newfane Historical Society will sponsor Haunted Candlelight Tours from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The ghost of Malinda and other hosts offer candlelit tours and eerie stories of the previous and current residents of this 1800s Victorian mansion. Come if you dare. There is a $5 admission fee, but parking is free. If you have a large group, call 778-7197 to make reservations.

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If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, take the family to Celtic Halloween at 57 Canal St., Lockport, next door to Lake Effect Ice Cream. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Learn the true origins and traditions of Halloween. There is something for those who like to be scared silly and those who don’t. There will be storytellers, haunted chambers, a large Celtic craft area, traditional puppet shows, a treat trail for the kids and more fun. The admission is $6 per person, or buy online at www.niagaraceltic.com by Friday and pay only $5. A family of five can get a pass for $15. The family-friendly event is all indoors, so you don’t have to worry about inclement weather.

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