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Bedford Hills Celebrates Postponed Halloween

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — Ghouls, goblins, witches and wizards lined the Bedford Hills streets on Wednesday, as the Bedford Hills Free Library held its annual Halloween Parade that was postponed due to the snowstorm.

While the number of children wasn’t as up to par as years past because of the storm, many locals said they were grateful that the parade was still held a few days late.

“I felt we got gypped this year with the weather and all,” said North Salem resident Len Ventura. “We didn’t go out on regular Halloween. This was tradition, and we’re glad they still had it.”

The town had asked the library to postpone the parade due to the treacherous conditions on the roads because of the freak snowstorm over the weekend. Power was out throughout the area – with areas still in the dark as of Wednesday evening – which had caused another issue for trick-or-treating.

Library employees said they were happy to reschedule the parade, which was for younger children. The strategy of the event is to bring children around Bedford, making sure the smallest of children are comfortable. 

“The idea is this is for the very little ones, so they don’t have to battle for the bigger kids,” said Kathy Storfer, a staff member of the library. “It’s in the daytime for plenty of visibility so things aren’t scary, and we come back and have story time.”

Some parents said they appreciated the event as a distraction away from the problems with power outages at home and in their neighborhoods.

“You’re attitude starts changing a bit when things get back to normal,” said Ventura. “Your spirits get lifted. Coming out to this gets your mind off of the bad stuff.”

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