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Trick or treat

The ghosts and skeletons wandering Superior this Halloween seek different eats -- most want candy -- but some are accepting peas, beans and fruit cocktail instead.

The ghosts and skeletons wandering Superior this Halloween seek different eats -- most want candy -- but some are accepting peas, beans and fruit cocktail instead.

These costumed ghouls seeking nutritious edibles are members of Superior High School's National Honor Society. For the last 10 years, the group has been holding a Halloween food drive to supplement the Salvation Army's food shelf in Superior.

"It's something the kids really look forward to," said Michelle Baddin, SHS school counselor and advisor for the group.

The teens may be too old to enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, she said, but the food drive gives them the opportunity to have fun and do something positive for the community.

The event is significant, said Dawn Hastings, youth and family ministry outreach director for the Salvation Army.

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"It is very well-timed," she said, and it usually nets the food shelf about 3,000 pounds of non-perishable goods.

In 2006, the Salvation Army food shelf in Superior handed out food 4,817 times -- to families, single people or couples.

On average, the Salvation Army supplies food to 15 households per day. Hastings expects even larger numbers as the weather gets colder.

About 50 National Honor Society students plan to participate.

The students won't stop at every house, Baddin said, but they will be in every area of town.

Food can also be accepted Nov. 1 at the SHS main office.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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