West Point residents reflect on Halloween traditions

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

West Point and Clay County residents celebrate Halloween in many different ways share their favorite Halloween memories.

Growth Alliance director Lisa Klutts said she didn’t enjoy horror movies, but she liked watching ‘The Twilight Zone’ and classic horror movies like ‘Frankenstien’ during the Halloween season.

“My favorite part of Halloween is dressing up in costumes,” Klutts said. “Even though I’m dressing up as Minnie Mouse this year, being a witch is my favorite. There are so many fun ways to accessorize it.”

Mayor Robbie Robinson said his favorite Halloween memories were when his children were young.

“I lived on Court Street in my younger married days, and my kids would trick-or-treat up and down the street,” Robinson said. “We lived in an older Victorian house, and I would dress up as a ghost and hide on the porch and scare the trick-or-treaters.”

Robinson said he remembered scaring a child so bad once that the child ran away off the porch and down the road.

“I don’t do that any more though,” Robinson said with a laugh. “I think I’ve matured since then.”

West Point Police Department Detective Ramirez Ivy said horror movies didn’t scare him, and his favorite halloween memory was trick-or-treating when he was a child.

“I used to love dressing up and costumes and getting candy,” Ivy said. “For the last five years I’ve dressed up as a cop for Halloween.”

Ivy said Halloween candy is still his favorite part of Halloween.

West Point Consolidated School District Community Relations Coordinator Julie Hill said her children, husband and children trick-or-treat in their neighborhood along Court Street for Halloween every year.

“I know when I was a kid, and it’s my kids’ favorite part of Halloween too, is counting up all the candy we get at the end of the night and seeing what all different types we collected,” Hill said.

Hill said a tradition her family enjoys each Halloween is going to Truck-or-Treat and hayrides at the fall festival at First Baptist Church.