Halloween scares aren’t for everyone

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According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween retail spending is projected to be $9.1 billion in 2017, a new record. The biggest expense is for costumes. Men plan to spend $96 each, compared to $77 each for women. The top five costumes for adults are a witch, a Batman character, an animal, a Marvel superhero and a vampire.

I hate to disappoint the NRF but I won’t be coming anywhere near the average per person spending amount. I must admit I’m not a fan of Halloween. I’m as fun-loving as the next gal and enjoy the little kids in their superhero and princess costumes who come to the door for treats. But I’ve never been comfortable around grown-ups in masks and gory make-up. I’m just not a fan of being frightened. I don’t watch scary movies or read scary books.

There was no childhood trauma with scary clowns and the like. I enjoy Halloween parties and will be attending the Coeur d’Oween Bash on Saturday night, although trying to decide what to wear has been a real dilemma.

I have friends who love all things Halloween (yes you, Willi and Amber!), their favorite holiday of the year and I simply don’t get it. But then again, they probably don’t get my love of donning red, white and blue every Fourth of July.

My husband has been volunteering for more than two decades with his Post Falls Lions Club to put on the famous Haunted House. I’ve spent many hours volunteering in the concession stand but have never once gone through the haunted house. Too scary for me.

The other 11 months of the year I love to dress up, the kind of dress up that involves sequins and rhinestones and pretty shoes. So for the next week I’ll just ride it out. And perhaps I’ll dress up as Uncle Sam on Saturday night. :)

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Things to Do Highlights:

Thursday, KCRWF Women in Red Auction and Dinner “Idaho Women Making a Difference Then and Now” at the Hagadone Event Center. 6 p.m. 208-699-8133

Starting Thursday the Post Falls Lions Haunted House is open at 7 p.m. every night through Halloween at Fourth and Post. Sunday only is special “lights on” with free admission, treats and friendly spooks for the younger kids from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday at 7 p.m., Brad Richter and Viktor Uzar in a special performance at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center. 208-457-8950, www.thejacklincenter.org

Also on Friday, Wait Until Dark at Lake City Playhouse. 7:30 p.m., 208-676-7529.

On Saturday there’s something for everyone, starting with the Fall Fest and Apple Palooza in downtown Coeur d’Alene with the Kootenai County Farmer’s Market (last one of the season!), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Halloween Tire Scream, Stateline Speedway 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 208-449-2876.

Trail of Terror Run, noon, starts at Cedar Mountain Farm B & B, 25249 N Hatch Road in Athol. Half marathon, 10K and 5K races. Info: fc2r@yahoo.com.

The Coeur d’Oween Bash 5:30-10 p.m. at Best Western CdA Inn to benefit Sunrise Rotary and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Live music by the Rhythm Dawgs. 208-660-2958

North Idaho Life Masquerade Ball 6 p.m. to midnight, Greyhound Park Event Center.

Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises Moonlight Monster Cruise, 6 p.m. and Monsters Ball at 8 p.m. 208-765-4000 for info on both.

Halloween on Tuesday with CitiFall Festival at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds from 5:30-8:30 p.m., hosted by Heart of the City Church, free event for the family.

Harvest Festival hosted by Real Life Ministries in Post Falls. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free event for the family.

Trick or Treat on Halloween at Post Falls City Hall and the Post Falls Chamber from 2-4:30 p.m.

Trick or Treat in downtown Coeur d’Alene, 4-6 p.m., and Trunk or Treat on Sixth and Sherman hosted by First Presbyterian Church.

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Happy birthday today to Jack Price, Mary Foeller, Kyley Greer, Kathryn Arrand and Damon Darakjy. and tomorrow to Gail McGaughey, Shweta Bangaloree Green, Scott Peterson, Wanda Corcoran, Linda Jones and Brock Prince.

And another trip around the sun will be marked on Friday by Barb Smalley, Cade Coffey, Trinity Newman, Anthony Beckstead, David Cole, Jen Butler, Deirdre Eldredge, Deeann Zahn and Aidyn Dugger. Saturday birthdays with Melanie Simpson, Terri Gervais, Laura McNeil, Jenni Gibson, Jill Swoboda, Jonathan Mueller, Tracie Olin Smith, Kathleen Clancy, Bernadette Oaks, Heather Montee, Dale Fitch, Jamie Oliver and Ashley Gerzina.

Sandy Patano, Jerry Baltzell, Mark Symons (60!), Kara McCollum, Bill Guy, Amanda Krier, Mary Ransdell, Dave Clark and Shawn Duncan are celebrating on Sunday. On Oct. 30, wish a happy birthday to Rainey Coffin, Lori Dahlke, John Kelly, Lori Jurado, Vivian Stadley, Brad Oliver, Kay Mills and Derek McGee.

Halloween birthdays with more treats than tricks for Kathy Prosser, RaeAnne Capaul, Krysta Huft, Amber Copeland, Tom Hasslinger, Rob Moser, Jabet Wheeler, Tyler Engelbrecht, Kevin Grady, Linda Haughton, Jaks Fowler and Susan Johnson.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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