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Halloween and Help for Furry Friends

2013-10-30T00:00:00Z Halloween and Help for Furry FriendsRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
October 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

T’was the night before Halloween and all through the house; oh wait, wrong holiday, or is it? Seems like it, doesn’t it? It’s the day before Halloween and Christmas things have been in stores for almost a month, but I digress.

We’ve always loved Halloween and our boys have grown up loving it as well for what it is, a night to be someone else and collect tricks or treats.

Halloween, All Hallows Eve, originated in the Catholic Church, the night before All Saints Day. One Celtic story says that, on that day, the disembodied spirits of those that had died the previous year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirits to intermingle with the living.

Naturally the living did not want to be possessed, so on that night they would put out their fires in their homes so they were cold and dressed up in ghoulish costumes and paraded around loudly and destructively in order to frighten the spirits away. Hence the tricks! Amazing how traditions get started, isn’t it?

Thursday, Trick or Treating will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and if you are in Portage you might meet up with some members of the Portage Fire Department who will be handing out 3200 glow sticks to all the little ghouls and goblins out on the prowl to help them light their way from home to home. Thanks to Portage Firefighters Local 3151 for this great gift to our community’s kids.

This Sunday marks the second annual Spay-ghetti Dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Oakwood Hall of Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road. The dinner, served from 4 to 8 p.m., is hosted by our own Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry, who keeps food in owner’s home for the 4-legged family members. All the funds raised from this event go to free or reduced cost spay or neuter surgeries for qualified Porter County pets.

The evening will feature a pasta dinner, wine-tasting/sale, prize/50-50 raffles, bake sale and a silent auction. The dinner is $12 adult and $8 child (3 to 13) or at the door, $15 adult or $10 child.

Dinner is catered by Fazoli’s and will include choice of spaghetti with or without meat or Fettuccini Alfredo, dinner salad and bread sticks. Butler Winery will be there for your wine tasting, glasses of wine and bottles for sale to those over 21 years of age.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at McAfee Animal Hospital and R & B Customs. For more information contact Michelle Duca at (219) 734-6936.

The Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry is truly a blessing in our community to not only help owners keep their pets in their homes but also to help control the pet population by offering these free or reduced spay or neuter surgeries in these trying financial times. Kudos to Michelle and all her volunteers for all their efforts in our furry friends lives.

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