What are you doing for Halloween?

As the holiday dedicated to spooks and horrors comes around, everyone begins to make their yearly plans on how to make their Halloween count. Whether if it’s spending time with the kids going trick or treating or hosting a small Halloween costume party, everyone wants to have some fun during their night of fright.

In Cortland, a select few have already made their plans for the last night of October. Hear what each person has to say about their upcoming plans below:

Chris Ortega, Communication Studies Professor at SUNY Cortland (Vestal): For Halloween, Chris plans on spending time with his 4-year-old son as they visit the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. Being from Vestal, NY, Ortega enjoys bringing his son to the mall to trick or treat at the various stores there. “He has lots of fun going here and doing all the Halloween activities there and it always makes me happy to see him happy!” commented Ortega. This year, his son plans on going as the Amazing Spiderman.

Chris Ortega. (Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

Natalie Intrieri, Student at SUNY Cortland (Long Island): This year, Natalie plans on taking it easy as she wants to just get a few friends together and walk around town to see all the sights the night has to offer. While the environment of Cortland is much calmer than that of Long Island, Intrieri plans on keeping it cool this Halloween.

Natalie Intrieri. (Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

Haley Smith, Stay at Home Mother (Cortland): Before enjoying the night with her 4 kids, Haley checked out the Elk’s Lodge Costume Closet to find costumes for her little ones. If it all worked out, the children may be a cop, a pumpkin, or anything else they want to be! On Halloween night, the family plans on trick or treating and going to look at the many decorations around town. “They love to see all the scary and amazing decorations everyone has up this time of year!” mentioned Smith.

Haley Smith.(Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

Lance Merkur, Tech Support Specialist at SUNY Cortland (Cortland): During the night of scares and spooks, Lance and his kids are going to trick or treat safely as they plan on going to visit family, friends, and neighbors they know to receive their treats. “They are so excited,” said Merkur, “My son wants to be Spiderman while my daughter wants to be Captain Marvel!”. With some people causing many kinds of tricks to harm the kids in today’s day in age, it’s always a good thing to keep your kids safe during this time of year.

Lance Merkur and his kids. Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

Joan Franklin, Vegetable Farmer (Scott): To wrap up her October, Joan will be partaking in the annual costume party her small family holds every year. At the party, there will be many games and activities including pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, and more! “I love getting together with my family every year for this tradition.” Said Franklin, “Everyone has a blast!”

Joan Franklin. (Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

No matter how you celebrate your Halloween, make sure it’s fun and safe for everyone in your party!