CALAIS _ Ghosts and goblins along with witches and pumpkins will all be part of the second annual Washington County Community College’s Truck or Treat Festivities on Friday, Oct. 25.
The event will be held again in the parking lot behind the college from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by WCCC and the Calais Recreation Department.
To join in the fun put on a Halloween costume and dress up your trunk, van or truck and show up with lots of candy. Or just show up, watch the fun and donate candy to those folks who bothered to get dressed up, said Chris Woodside, director of WCCC”s Outdoor Recreation Center. “The first year we had so many kids show up that we ran out of candy,” he said.
Also last year, 40 vehicles lined the parking lot and more than 200 youngsters in colorful costumes went from vehicle to vehicle filling their bags. Woodside said he hopes there will be upwards of 80 cars and double the number of young trick or treaters this year. “Word has spread about what great fun this is, so I am hoping for more participation,” he said.
And this event is not just for Calais residents who like to get into the spirit of Halloween. The fun is open to anyone who shows up. So think of a great theme Baring or Machias residents, or come up with a colorful design Baileyville and Eastport folks because you all are invited to participate in the fun. Woodside said they also have extended an invitation to the city’s neighbors across the border. Calais shares its border with St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
Reservations are not needed, just show up. Vehicles have to be on site by 4:30 p.m. and cannot leave until after the event ends at 7 p.m. Once everyone is parked, both entrances to the parking lot will be closed to protect the youngsters who are walking around.
And there are prizes.
Last year prizes were handed out for best costume as well as best decorated vehicle. Although it is a free event, the entrance fee is a carved or decorated pumpkin. “You won’t leave with your jack-o-lantern, but you will leave with a jack-o-lantern. So it is like a jack-o-lantern swap,” he said.
Toby Cole, recreation director of the Calais Recreation Department, said that it was important to have events like this for area youngsters. “There are not a lot of things to do here and it takes people like Chris and the Rec Department and other small groups to put in the effort for people to stay home and stay local and get out and do things,” he said.
Cole said he was pleased with last year’s turnout. “At first there were not a lot of cars, but the vehicles kept coming. People went all out with the decorating of their trunks and people were dressed up. I think it is going to get bigger because everyone I’ve talked to has said ‘what a great idea,’” he said.
There also will be music and games. “This is a combination of everyone working together including the Student Senate, Student Life and others who make this happen,” Woodside added.
Anyone who is uncertain about how to decorate, Woodside said, should go to Google or Yahoo or another search engine and type in “Trunk or Treat or Trick or Trunk.” “You will see thousands of ideas,” he said.