EASLEY — Halloween. The mere mention of the word conjures up all kinds of images: Pumpkins. Ghosts. Goblins. Skeletons. Candy. Crayons and colored pencils.
What? Crayons? Colored pencils? This year, it should if you’re a reader of The Pickens Sentinel.
Why? We are bringing back an oldie but goldie from the musty dusty stack in the back — our annual Halloween coloring contest.
Christine Wyatt, general manager and media director for The Pickens Sentinel, said she felt bringing the contest back was a perfect fit for the paper after moving into its new digs on South Pendleton Street last month.
“We’ve more or less shook off the skeletons of our past and are moving into the future. One of the ways we want to accomplish this is to bring back some features of the newspaper that get the community involved,” she said. “We used to do this kind of thing all the time but got out of the habit of doing it. Halloween felt like the perfect time to start some new traditions.”
She said it’s been two years since they last held the coloring contest.
“By re-introducing this contest to coincide with our relocation, we hope it will spur more interest in the community for people to get involved with us and see us as an active member of the community,” she said. “We’re hoping we have lots of little ghosts and goblins take part.”
The rules are simple: Look for the full page ad in The Easley Progress and tear it out then put your best pumpkin effort forward. The contest is open to little ones age 10 and under. You can use crayons, colored pencils or markers.
Parents can help their little ones complete the entry form — in fact, we would prefer it — but the coloring must be completed by the little one.
Children are limited to one entry each and all entries must be received at the offices of The Easley Progress, 714 South Pendleton St., by Oct. 21. The winners will be announced Oct. 28.
Entries can also be mailed to Halloween Coloring Contest, P.O. Box 709, Easley, SC 29641. Submissions become the property of the newspaper.
Parents, we didn’t want you to feel left out so we’ve included some safety tips for you and your trick-or-treaters to adhere to on Halloween.
Now, what are you waiting for? Buy a copy of this week’s edition of The Pickens Sentinel, turn to page 7, sharpen those pencils, arrange those crayons and get to coloring. We can’t wait to see your boo-tiful entry!