Halloween is upon us, and no one is more excited that the children of southeastern Sussex County. The Coastal Point spoke with four youngsters at John M. Clayton Elementary School in Dagsboro this week to find out just who or what they are planning to be when they hit the streets in search of treats this weekend.
Second-grader Angelo Retzos is planning to dress up as a police officer. When asked why he wants to don the uniform of such a community superhero, he declared that “me and my friend always go trick-or-treating together and we always dress up as the same thing” — ever since they were little kids, in fact, added 7-year-old Retzos.
At the ripe old age of 10, fifth-grader Harold Toomey declared, “I don’t really trick-or-treat.”
“I’m just going to wear a mask and scare people,” he said, although he admitted that he and his scary mask might just find their way onto a front porch or two on Halloween night in search of candy. With all those years of Halloween fun behind him, Toomey said the year he was a zombie was probably his favorite.
William Retzos, 5, is very excited to put on his Wolverine costume for the night. He is quick to clarify he is going to be “Wolverine the superhero, not the animal.” The Clayton kindergarten student is looking forward to scooping up some major treats with those big long claws, so look out for him!
Jaxon Rickards, also 5, is looking forward to morphing into the ultimate Transformer, Optimus Prime. The best part of his Optimus outfit? “It has muscles!” the kindergartner said, eyes popping with excitement.
As far as candy goes, the boys at Clayton Elementary seem partial to anything chocolate — particularly the tried and true Hershey Bars. Reese’s Cups and Kit Kats also get thumbs up, as well as Skittles, and for fifth-grader Toomey, gum is also a big hit.
Not so popular with the boys? Lollipops. Keep that in mind as you’re filling your treat bowl Saturday afternoon. Oh, and Angelo Retzos’ worst candy ever? “Smooshed M&Ms.” No arguments there — that’s just wrong. Little brother William Retzos also wants everyone to know that he does not like nuts.
Even though he says “I like scary stuff,” Harold Toomey admits the time a neighbor ran around with a chainsaw (without the blade, but not without that sound!) on Halloween did freak him out a little.
So remember, keep the chocolate flowing, and keep the chainsaws at home on Halloween night, and all the little ghosts and goblins will be happy (and filled with sugar, of course).