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No Tricks, Just Treats at the JV Mall for Yorktown Youngsters

YORKTOWN, N.Y.— Dorothy found herself quite a few yellow-brick roads away from Kansas Monday afternoon as she took the stairs to the second level of Macy’s at the Jefferson Valley Mall. Eliza Pereira, dressed up as Dorothy, alongside her sister Carly, dressed as Glenda the Good Witch, went trick-or-treating at the stores around the Jefferson Valley Mall rather than walk around the blacked-out streets of Yorktown.

A few stores away was the Feldman family, with Dad Michael dressed as Buzz Lightyear, Mom Sherri dressed as Jessie, Joshua, who was dressed as Woody, and their infant daughter CJ, who was outfitted in a barrel of monkeys costume.

“It’s just great. It’s warm, it’s safe and everything is one place,” Sherri Feldman said. Feldman said their house was one of the few that had power, but said they felt safer and were having a fun time walking around the mall visiting the different stores.

Although Mall Manager Jeremy Strife wasn’t in costume, he said he still enjoyed the atmosphere of the youngsters walking around dressed up.

“It’s great that we can offer this to the people in the community,” Strife said after weaving between miniature Mario and Luigi patrons. “There’s nothing worse than telling a little kid that they can’t go trick-or-treating and I’m just glad they can still get to do that. It’s great to see them having a good time.”

Strife said Monday’s turnout was the largest they had seen, and hypothesized that it was because Yorktown residents were without power and there were still some treacherous roads.

Spiderman Victor Varian picked out candy from a bucket held by a large Frankenstein and, when asked his favorite, the young boy put his pointer finger to his chin, thought for a second, before responding “All of them.”

Brian Massy, dressed as a pumpkin, walked with his son Zachary, who was outfitted in a Curious George costume. Zachary carried a bucket full of candy but was ready for more.

“I think it’s great that we can come to the mall and do this,” Massy said. “We don’t have any power, so it’s great that my son can still come to the mall and do his trick-or-treating. He’s beyond excited.”

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