May 27, 2018

LIFE IN WILLISTON: Hip-hop Halloween

For those of you who know me, this will come as no surprise—I absolutely love music and dancing along to it. My daughters have also inherited this uninhibited gene. No matter where we are, when they hear music their little bodies start to move and wiggle. I enrolled them at a young age in ballet and tap lessons, but, surprisingly, they weren’t at all interested or engaged during class. Luckily, I didn’t give up, I knew they wanted to learn to dance and we just needed to find a fun upbeat environment with music and moves they enjoyed. Well, we certainly found it right here in Williston at the Urban Dance Complex.

I have to give a huge shout-out to the UDC, which has instilled confidence in my girls and helped foster their love of music and dance. It’s amazing how many young, tween and teen girls and boys participate in hip-hop classes. Plus, as the girls often tell me, hip-hop is the type of dancing Justin Bieber does. Well, if that’s the case, I guess ballet and tap never stood a chance! The other bonus is the studio is also home to Urban Fitness, which offers a variety of fun workouts you can take while the kids are in their class. They are having a grand opening this Sunday, Oct. 7 and will offer free demonstration fitness classes if you want to check out the facility. Also, they are hosting a Halloween Tour for all ages Oct. 26- 28 and you will get to see their performing companies dance to some Halloween hits. (I am sure there will be a lot of boo-ty shaking!)

Speaking of Halloween, there will be many family activities offered all over Williston throughout the month of October. Of course, we all can’t wait for Williston’s prided activity—The Haunted Forest at Catamount. If you’re not familiar with this event, creepy characters lead you on a spooky night walk through a jack o’ lantern lit forest, where along the way various Halloween scenes are acted out. Don’t worry if this sounds too eerie, it also hosts a less scary children’s matinee. Tickets go on sale Oct. 5, so if you are interested, check out the website at

If you have younger children who may not be ready for the spooktacular Haunted Forest, don’t worry, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Gardener’s Supply in Williston is presenting Pumpkins and Pirates on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. Rockin’ Ron the friendly pirate will be on hand, and kids can paint pumpkins and search for buried treasure. Also on Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m., the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library will be holding pajama story time with a Halloween spin. Children can come in their pajamas or costumes to listen to some Halloween stories, make a craft and enjoy a Halloween treat.

Williston Halloween festivities aren’t complete without a visit to Whitcomb’s Land of Pumpkins.  The giant pumpkin display and weigh off is this Sunday at noon. After picking out the perfect pumpkin for your family, you can all enjoy the corn maze. Also, as an additional incentive to get out and enjoy the fall festivities, this weekend and next weekend 20 percent of maze and pumpkin sales at Whitcomb’s will generously go to Williston FAP (families as partners) to directly benefit our Williston students.

If you still aren’t in the Halloween spirit quite yet, might I suggest some chilling songs to get you in the mood? Turn up Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or Lady Gaga’s “Calling All the Monsters” and dance like nobody’s watching. Pop a few candy corns and you should be ready to celebrate. I hope you all eat, dance and be scary!


Karen Wyman has been a Williston resident for seven years, and lives with her husband and twin 5-year-old daughters.

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