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Run-Walk in Waterville Puts Scary Back in Halloween Costumes 

Catherine Pegram

A Halloween parade, of sorts, wound its way around part of Waterville – encouraging young girls to get scary this holiday, instead of sexy.The organization Hardy Girls Healthy Women hosted a Freaky 5-k Run and Walk at Colby College today. The group is dedicated to the health of young girls and works to break through female stereotypes created by the media. Organizers say many of the halloween costumes marketed to girls and women are sexual and revealing instead of scary. So the asked participants in today’s event to put on their most frightful faces, instead.Allison Cole says, “We’re really just trying to reinforce how many different costume ideas there are for kids out there and just to really be creative about it. It’s really also a way to save money if your make your costume at home and put a lot of thought and energy into it. It’s a lot more fun than going out and buying the diva or sexy kitty, everything that’s out there right now.”More than 125 people dressed up and took to the streets. Organizers handed out prizes for the scariest and most creative costumes.