Ely Correspondence – October 2016

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Halloween in Ely

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Ely celebrates the fall harvest and Halloween in a variety of ways, all designed to take advantage of our great fall weather. The Nevada Northern Railway’s Haunted Ghost Trains run each Saturday in October. Volunteers set up scenes which are just scary enough to make them enjoyable without being truly frightful. These can be seen along the tracks for the enjoyment of the train passengers, who dress in costume to be part of the fun.

Kids paint pumpkins as part of the fun
Kids paint pumpkins as part of the fun

The Lions Club has the Pumkin’ Chunkin’ Day with pumpkin pancake breakfast, treats, and tossing of pumpkins. This event continues to grow and is planned for Oct. 15 this year. The Howl-a-Ween Dog Parade is a great chance to dress up your dog and enter in the pet parade.

The White Pine Library of Ely hosts a Community Halloween Party at the Bristlecone Convention Center, and 500 plus children and parents come to see the decorations, enjoy the entertainment and get treats. Businesses and organizations set up tables and hand out goodies. Many thanks go to all the volunteers and businesses who work to make this event so great.

The White Pine Chamber of Commerce works with downtown businesses for the Trick or Treat the Street event. This is part of the Fun Friday events. People dress up, take the kids in costume and walk from business to business to get treats, take advantage of specials and sales, and see the decorations.

As part of Trick or Treat the Street, stores are encouraged to decorate in front of their businesses and ask staff to dress in costume. This year’s events take place on Oct. 28.

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Ely celebrates many holidays throughout the year with decorations and parades. Friendly faces are out enjoying the small town atmosphere that makes being here so special. It is nice to be able to walk from store to store, enjoy the parades and visit with friends and neighbors in a setting that is comfortable and friendly. Not everywhere has this to offer. In Ely, one can step back in time to days gone by when small friendly towns celebrated together.

— Loraine Clark

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