By Zack Lavoie, Contributing Writer
The Farmington Community Center will be holding a Trunk-or-Treat event from 5-7p.m. on Halloween this year in hopes of providing a convenient and safe environment for local children to enjoy the holiday. While there is a fee to register a car to participate, cash prizes will be awarded to the best decorated vehicles.
Around 20 cars, belonging to local families, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and small local businesses are expected at the event where participants will hand out candy from the trunks of their decorated vehicles.
With an anticipated turn-out of 100-250 children, Matt Foster, director of the Recreation Department, and Seth Noonkester, assistant director, have high hopes for the first annual Trunk-or-Treat in Farmington.
“Some houses are just too far apart,” said Foster, “it can make trick-or-treating difficult.” Foster, a father of three, emphasized the importance of convenience, fun and safety. To ensure the safety of the participants and treaters, Police Chief Jack Peck will be in attendance.
Noonkester also noted that they hope to create a bigger sense of community in town, and to allow parents to have a, “one stop shop,” for their children.
There is also incentives for those who register cars to hand out candy. While participants are asked to pay a 20 dollar entrance fee and to provide at least 500 pieces of candy for trick or treaters, there are prizes for those who really go all-out for the event.
First place for best car will win $250, second $100, and third, $50. Foster and Noonkester hope that this incentive will encourage more college students to sign up. “We’d love to have more college students participating.” said Foster, “It’s a great chance to earn some extra cash and do some good for the community.”
Trunk-or-Treat participant Jaycee Jenckes says that the incentives are huge, and definitely helped her choose to participate, and eases the cost of the entrance fee. “We know the people who are registered are trusted,” said Jenckes, “there’s no risk in going to random houses.”
Tyler Eustis, another participant, added that since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, it allows parents to guarantee a place for their kids to get candy, and eliminates the worry of houses not handing out candy.
There are still places for cars available. Anyone interested may stop by the Community Center on Middle Street to register.