Vampires, cowboys, a dalmatian, a bearded lady and a blood drop met Halloween at Orange Water and Sewage Authority to draw blood from residents.
OWASA held its fifth annual Halloween blood drive from 9:30 Tuesday morning until 3 p.m.
Sandy Beckham, who donned a violet jumper, white stockings and a purple kerchief to accentuate his beard, said that OWASA had been active with the Red Cross for 18 years. Beckham is an engineering technician at OWASA.
"We like saving lives," he said. "We've been doing it about 18 years. Back in the '80s we decided we need to do something for the community and began holding blood drives."
He said that first they held one drive a year in April, but that now blood drives occur every four months at OWASA.
Inside the building, tables of snack food were set for donors. Staff and donors munched and chatted.
In addition, I Love New York Pizza donated pizza, and Ben & Jerry's and Chick-Fil-A provided coupons to increase incentives to donate blood.
"I Love New York Pizza donates every time," Beckham said. "It is greatly appreciated."
I Love New York Pizza participates in many causes in the community, said Manager Joseph Mangione.