Local families and neighborhood children were granted a special surprise as part of the Halloween festivities Thursday evening, Oct. 31, as the Youth Action Commission celebrated their first ever Trunk-or-Treat spectacular at the Hammon Senior Center.
Games included a bean bag toss, ring toss, and a donut eating contest, all supervised by local youth. Face painting was also done by volunteers from the Patterson Aquatic Center, as well as a series of dance contests, put on by local DJ “Angelia,” who volunteered her time for the event as well, prompting children to show off their thrilling moves.
Four vehicles were decorated with a unique Halloween theme, while YAC members distributed candy to anyone who came by. Nearly 250 children made the stop to the local spooktacular before continuing on their way for more candy.
“The idea behind the event was to have a fun and safe location for trick-or-treaters to go on Halloween night,” said recreation coordinator Jason Hayward. “We had (the event) from 6 to 8 p.m., so that participants could come here, and then continue on trick-or-treating…we definitely want to do it again next year.”
In order to promote further participation, the YAC is hopeful that more businesses would be open to the local event, as well as provide more trunks for give-away candy.
Local schools also attempted to resurrect Patterson’s former Halloween spirit, as many elementary schools hosted their own parade on their selective campuses.
Ghouls, goblins, Marios, Luigis, Spidermen, Batgirls, and a variety of spooky subjects waved to their proud parents as teachers led their classrooms in a circle around their respective playgrounds. As an added bonus, the school’s loudspeakers played popular tunes, including the Monster Mash, Thriller, Cha Cha Slide, and other Halloween-themed music for everyone’s enjoyment. Several monsters couldn’t keep themselves from dancing, as well as a few spirited teachers.
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