3rd Annual Trunk or Treat

Young and old alike, in costume or not, are invited to the third annual Trunk or Treat Halloween festivities sponsored by the Washington County Community College. 

The fun is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24 and will be held in the WCCC parking lot from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Calais High School JMG .

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 got dressed up, said Chris Woodside, director of WCCC’s Outdoor Recreation Center. 

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 more cars this year and would love to double the number of young trick or treaters. “What makes this event special is people decorating their cars so we are hoping for more spruced up cars,” he said. “So people can dress up their car trunk or their truck and join in the fun.”

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 6:30 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 suggested 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.

There also will be music and games.  This year some WCCC students will be leading a pumpkin carving demonstration.  For more information call Woodside at 454-1068.