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Trick-or-Treaters Haunt White Plains Streets

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- After wearing his Transformer costume for days, five-year-old Michael Kolby was prepared to don his Halloween gear and head out trick-or-treating before the sun began its descent.

“He was the first trick-or-treater at just about every house tonight,” said his dad, Matthew Kolby, 38, as the two trick-or-treated around 5:15 p.m.

Michael, a student at Resurrection Grammar School in Rye, trekked around his neighborhood in search of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and other chocolate treats to make his candy bag heavier.

The Kolbys joined several families in going door-to-door in the Highlands area, frequently described as the “best” trick or treating neighborhood in White Plains by those ringing doorbells there Monday night.

“Ralph Avenue is especially good because the houses are really close together,” said Kolby.

Steven Guller, 28, returned to the same houses he trick-or-treated at as a kid with his fiancée Joi Johnson, 24, their daughter Sanai Johnson, 6, and his niece Jordan Wilson, 4.

“We come here every year,” said Johnson, who works at East Harlem Scholars Academy, as Sanai, who dressed up as Frankenstein, and Jordan, who wore a witch costume, sought candy nearby.

Guller, a Liberty Alliance employee, said Highlands’ Halloween allure hasn’t dimmed over the years.

“It’s all residential and the houses are all in a nice, short walking distance from each other. It’s pretty much the same people out,” said Guller.

Jamie Krieger, a New York City artist, has become a legend among the Highlands trick-or-treaters for the elaborate Halloween scenes he sets up at his parents Smith Avenue home. This year Krieger and his girlfriend Lucille Duncan spent all of Oct. 31 finalizing the details of their “The Nightmare Before Christmas”-inspired Jack Skellington and Sally costumes and “creepy Christmas” scene on the porch.

“For the kids in the best costume we’ve got presents to go with the theme," said Krieger. "They’re ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ and ‘Rocky Horror Show’ bobble heads.”

Last year Krieger and others dressed up as the band Kiss and gave a live concert. One Halloween, he dug graves in the front yard and hid behind one.

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