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Ghost waits for phantom train

By Staff
HALLOWEEN TREATS – Rita Flint of Meridian passes out candy to Justin and Dennis McDaniel as they spent Halloween night on Thursday trick-or-treating in the Dogwood Hills area. PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
Friday, Nov. 1, 2002
Meridian children carried on the ancient tradition of trick-or-treating Thursday night on what appeared to be a relatively quiet and safe Halloween.
Some children wore costumes they bought from stores. Others, like Terren Sande, 6, who masked as a vampire, created their own costumes with help from their parents.
Sande wore a purple dress with just the right amount of tearing at the bottom. She also had a Bela Lugosi-style cape and big fangs that made it hard for her to close her mouth.
Her parents, LeAnne and Terry Sande, took her trick-or-treating at Bonita Lakes Mall. Said Terry: "We didn't see a costume just like that, so we did good."
Tracey Barrett took her three children and nephew trick-or-treating at houses near Meridian High School. Barrett's daughter, Shae'nardria Townsend, dressed as a "magic witch."
Townsend, though, took exception when her big sister, Ebony Jones, 12, proclaimed she was "queen of all the good witches." In her hooded, brown robe, Jones said her job is to keep all good witches in line.
Then, the girls' little brother, Dan Barrett III, chimed in: "She's an evil witch."
Barrett, 10, trick-or-treated as "Pumpkinhead." But he left his head with illuminated eyes in the car while he waited with the rest of his family to have candy X-rayed at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
The siblings' cousin, T'eric Johnson, 11 wore mostly black from head-to-toe and said he was dressed as an invisible monster.
Tracey Barrett said she took the children trick-or-treating from about 6 p.m. until after 7 p.m.