On Friday, the 28th of October, starting at 7 p.m., part of Bloomsburg will transform into “BOO!burg”. A group of collaborating organizations invite families down to 7th Street for the Halloween festivities — AGAPE, the Bloomsburg YMCA, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, the Children’s Museum, and The Exchange. The YMCA will host their annual “Trunk or Treat” in the parking lot between the Y and the Museum; participating organizations will include the Bloomsburg Police Department, Lowe’s, Child Care Information Services, Scout troops, and others. Adjacent to this fun, the Children’s Museum will offer family crafts and activities, and The Exchange will oversee a costume contest for kids up to 12 years old, with prizes donated by Brennan’s Big Chill. Ramona Schaffer will do face-painting for kids. On the other side of the street, AGAPE will host marshmallow and hot dog roasting as well as pumpkin painting. For the third year, help us count down to the smashingly fun pumpkin drop — thanks to the Bloomsburg Fire Department for their cooperation.

None of this costs a dime, thanks to the generosity of these community organizations. Of course, they all count on your generosity throughout the year to keep them busy and funded.

Trick-or-treating throughout Bloomsburg’s residential districts will happen on Monday, the 31st.

The Exchange also urges you to see the Halloween window paintings on storefronts up and down Main Street done by students from area middle and high schools. A Bloomsburg tradition for generations, this year’s painting will go up on the 18th of October and remain through the 31st. The story below comes from Anne Cosper, lifelong Bloomsburg resident, Bloom High graduate, Art Cart facilitator, and artist:

Halloween Windows and Other Scary Things

The sound wasn’t quite shrill enough to set dogs to howling or shatter glass like the old Memorex commercials, but the excitement was real; yes, I would like to be a judge for this year’s Halloween Window Painting!

When Oren’s ears stopped ringing, I explained how participating as a judge for the Halloween windows would be so perfectly circular. In high school it was the junior and senior art students who got to leave the grounds and spend a day uptown painting windows. This was huge, a day away from the torment of classmates, administrators and the usual tedium, well, count me in, just the tonic for this misfit.

We worked in pairs and were assigned windows by lottery. I was partnered with even-tempered Mike. All of us hoped for a choice location, near the supply table and not too far from the center of town. Mike and I lucked out, a Woolworth’s window – no trek to the hinterlands of West Main Street for us.

Mike worked on a fantasy scene, while I painted a wizard gazing into a crystal ball. Although reminiscent of album cover art, our design allowed us to incorporate our individual styles into an integrated whole. How’s that for Art Speak?

Tempera paint on glass is not an easily mastered medium. I recall it was just cold enough to cause the paint to peel; there were multiple touch ups and expletives. Somehow we managed to keep the paint on the window long enough for Press Enterprise photographer Bill Hughes to take a picture. This was the first time I was in the newspaper; the rather sullen youth enjoyed it more than I would’ve admitted at the time. It felt as if, finally, something good came from being so different.

Every fall I make it a point to walk our Main Street and admire the windows painted by local young people. I have lived in Bloomsburg most of my life. There are moments when I feel as if I’m like the descendants of Cheddar Man, never leaving the place I started from, but small town comforts like the windows bring solace to the “might have beens.” I love them all, the colors, the concepts and the skill, best of all it is good to see another generation making art. I will do my best to do right by them.