Pumpkins carved with creepy faces, freakish smiles and jagged teeth, skeletons, bats, wings, spiders and other spooky things lined the walls and decorated each table.
By Charlene Jones
The night of October 31st, famous as the night when spirits of the dead walk again among us, found a fabulous collection of ghouls, ghosts, witches and warlocks, satan, and angels as well as the complete cast of The Flintstones celebrating the night away here on Musselman’s Lake.
This yearly bash, created originally by Cedarvale Community Association and now in league with the MLRA, lured over 200 folks, including residents and friends from other places, all dressed in tantalizing costumes, into the wonderfully festooned Cedar Beach Pavilion.
Any dark spirits fled as the upbeat tunes and devilish humour of Mike Feld, Most Excellent Productions drew everyone out onto the floor, dancing swing, jitterbug, or ’60’s freestyle. The occasional slow dance offered enough time to cool down before the next jumpin’ jive.
Pumpkins carved with creepy faces, freakish smiles, and jagged teeth, bats, wings, and other spooky things lined walls and decorated each table. Come midnight delectable finger foods spread provided a repast such as Snow White might have prepared for the Dwarves. Snow White herself, accompanied by the little known Eighth Dwarf, along with the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, Pebbles, Beetlejuice and a wild assortment of characters, freaks and foes lined the walls, plates in hand for the potluck salads, meatballs, breads and of course Hallowe’en cake.
Then the prizes! Right on time a Leaf Blower for those floating yard leaves, provided by Markham Mower.
Speaking of floating, Do It Industries contributed a Floatable Chair, perfect for that lazy summer day. The Meat Merchant in Stouffville put up $100 worth of great gift certificates, Wine, Wine, Wine of Stouffville gave a $50 gift certificate and Cedar Beach Variety Store presented a great gift of candy. All lucky winners and the rest of us offer a huge bouquet of gratitude to these companies.
Of course, the folks behind the scenes, wigs and make-up, who gave their time and energy to create this event also deserve a big round of group applause: Cedar Beach Dance Hall for the beautiful venue, Mike Feld for Most Excellent Productions music and entertainment, Gibson Printing for the Dance Tickets, and last but most fully Lisa White. Each year Lisa White gathers our two community groups, provides the leadership, support, kindness, direction and knowledge that make the present celebration even better than the last.
If you missed this year’s revelries, get ready now for the next. Just keep watching this website. MLRA will post all the information you need to get ready for the next gala ghoul fest.