Jeremy Land, a colonel at Franklin Correctional Institution, dressed up for Fall-O-Ween with his two daughters, Kassie Land, a high school sophomore and Kaitlin Land, a college student. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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Eastpoint, island open Halloween season

Friday night festivities kicked off a vivid Halloween 2023, with lots more on Tuesday night, when the ghosts and goblins came out to haunt the county.

In the afternoon, it was time for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office’s Fall-O-Ween event, where kids got a chance to carve their own pumpkins, play games and of course come home with bags and buckets full of candy.

Having a blast at Fall-O-Ween are these pairs of sisters, back row, from left, Nicole Creamer and Megan Shiver, and front row, Aubrey Shiver and Zoey Creamer, all from Eastpoint. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

“From the costumes to the pumpkin carvings to the games, food, laughter, and fun, we couldn’t have asked for a better community event that everyone could come and enjoy,” said Sheriff A.J. Smith. 

Paisley Ray, 2, daughter of Laura Hightower, is absorbed in her video game at Fall-O-Ween. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Among the community partners who helped make this event possible were Centennial Bank, Acentria Insurance, the Franklin County departments of parks and recreation, and emergency management; the Apalachicola Police Department; the Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and Forest Service; United Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Church of Christ and Forgotten Coast Community Church; Eastpoint Medical Clinic; Red Pirate; Cook’s Insurance; SGI Food Truck; Hope Park and Gunn Heating & Air.

Catarina Bernabe, daughter of Eulalia Gregorio, gets a golf lesson from the Red Pirate’s Colton Sapp, at Fall-O-Ween. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Later in the evening it was time for St. George Island’s Spooktacular at the Cape St. George Lighthouse, as children walked through a series of tables where they could grab candy, all dressed in their best costumes.

Dressed as the Joker when he was an inmate, Sawyer Raffield, 3, tries his hand at bowling at the Apalachicola Police Department booth at Fall-O-Ween. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

The county public library gave away stacks of books, as did Bring Me A Book Franklin, which handed out 268 books, making the grand total of providing books for Franklin and Gulf counties’ kiddos at 5,224 for the past 12 months.

Maleficent (Rhetta Strange) and Sleeping Beauty (Keli Taylor) were an unlikely pair at Fall-O-Ween. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
Julie Nowling, daughter of Tea Nowling, of Eastpoint, touches a bear at the FWC booth at Fall-O-Ween. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
Capt. Brad Segree prepares for a shootout in the center of town at Fall-O-Ween. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
Belle (Reva Sapp) carries a red rose at Fall-O-Ween. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
Oceana Gillikin is all smiles at the St. George Island event at the lighthouse [ David Adlerstein. | The Times ]
Raelynn Haskett, daughter of Jasmine Lewis-Haskett, is a little princess at the St. George Island event at the lighthouse. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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