Sheffield Lake

By John Edwards

“Boo-loonity Days,” a care-free and scare-free and free admission display of Halloween themed balloon art sponsored by the City of Sheffield Lake will open at 4 pm Friday Oct. 23 in store 4120 in Shoreway Shopping Center. The twisted balloon art depictions of Halloween classics from witches and jack-o-lanterns to goblins, ghosts and minions created by Sheila Kepic (aka ‘the Balloon Lady”) offers Halloween imagery that’s appropriate for all ages.

“Some of the littlest children might find some of the spooky balloon characters a little frightening but nothing’s going to jump out at them,” Kepic said. “The display really is appropriate for all ages and it’s all in the spirit of the holiday.” Kepic has done similar displays in her store, “X-Clusive Balloons” in Shoreway shopping center (just three doors north of Boo-loonity Days) in the last couple of years.

“Boo-loonity Days” will be open 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 1 to 8 p.m. on the weekend, 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday of next week and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Oct. 31 — Halloween — when candy will also be distributed to little ones who come to see the display of balloon art.

Trick or Treat hours in the city of Sheffield Lake and Village of Sheffield begin at 6 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31, which is why Boo-loonity Days will close at 6 pm. Trick or Treat hours in both Sheffields are 6 to 7:30 pm Oct. 31. Both the police departments will have extra officers patrolling the streets during the hours when little costumed creatures with bags to hold their candy will be going house to house, so drivers would be well advised to keep a watchful eye out for little vampires or werewolves who might dart into the street from behind parked cars. Sheffield Village firefighters will be on hand at the fire station (Colorado Avenue at East River Road) to scan candy collected by Trick or Treat participants to ensure that no foreign objects are embedded in any of the treats.

City residents who have decorated their houses and/or yards with Halloween displays are advised that the deadline for entering the Sheffield Lake Civic Pride Committee (SLCPC) Halloween Display Contest is 5 p.m. today (Oct. 21). Visit slpcp@yahoo.com or drop off an entry request (during business hours) to Dock’s Tavern, 4540 Lake Road or to the Driftwood Café, 4116 Lake Road in Shoreway Shopping Center by 5 p.m. Entries must include the title, “2015 Sheffield Lake Halloween Display Contest” and the entrant’s name, address and telephone number.

Each house and business display will be judged based on the overall quality of the display, including such qualities as scariness, creativity and whimsy. Judging will take place between 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, so displays must be visible and operational at those times. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to winners in each category, business and residential, and the winners will be announced on the Sheffield Lake Buzz Facebook Page and on the City’s website www.sheffieldlake.net on Oct. 28.

Contact John Edwards at news@2presspapers.com

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