A giant black cat on Mary Stutzman’s lawn grins at two trick-or-treaters. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Apalachicola homes get their fright on

During the height of the COVID epidemic, Apalachicola hosted trick-or-treat with costumed kids making the rounds in the center of the downtown..

This year, though, the city got back to one of its most cherished traditions, a Beggar’s Night in which little ghosts and goblins, and Snow Whites and Sleeping Beauties, went from door-to-door and yard-to-yard fetching candy.

And what yards they were.

This witch with glowing red eyes flew through the air at the home of Bobby and Valerie Miller. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

In perhaps the most elaborate display, Bobby Miller on 16th Street operated like the Wizard of Oz, standing at a control board, hidden behind shrubbery, a mechanized assortment of flying witches and glowing lights, while his wife Valerie, costumed as a witch, handed out candy.

The graveyard at the home of Bobby and Valerie Miller. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

A few doors down, Torben and Sarah Madson had decorated their house lavishly, while Mary Stutzman at the corner had gigantic inflated black cats amidst a yard full of displays.

Mom Lindsey Doll Poloronis decided to bring the fright back home by dressing her three children as last month’s escaped Franklin Correctional Institution inmate (son Gannon, center), a K-9 officer (daughter Kamryn, left) and a law enforcement officer (daughter Laikyn). Mom even duplicated the tattoos that were so noticeable on the inmate’s face, minus the gang symbols, but modified the one over his right eyebrow that read “Tina Lou,” into “Debbie Lou,” referring to the children’s grandmother. [ Lindsey Poloronis | Contributed ]
The yard of Chala Parish Hopper on 17th Street was indeed terrifying. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

At the home of Chala Parish Hopper, on 17th Street on the north side of U.S. 98, a truly frightening assortment of glowing monsters, laughing clowns and skeletons rising from caskets had more than a few of the littlest children tightly clutching their moms and dads.

Sarah Price, left, was Fionna from the film Shrek, while Farrah Price was Lord Farquaad. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

And down the street on 22nd Avenue, at the home of Felicia Rhodes, visitors of all ages could enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, grilled by officers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, topped off with the finest candy.

Seven-year-olds Cruz Amison, was Among Us, left, and Paisley Jones was a carnival clown. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

From Bluff Road to Bay Avenue, many of the houses outdid themselves, making Halloween a nightmare to remember.

Lennix Croom, 1, was a Cabbage Patch doll. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
Lylah Calabro, 11 months old, was dressed up as Pebbles. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
A witch stirs a cauldron at the home of Chala Parish Hopper. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

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Meet the Editor

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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