As darkness descends the parking lot, one can expect frightfully decorated car trunks as creepy goblins and ghouls explore the grounds of the middle school, enjoying a cauldron of games, howling music and magical refreshments. All this and much more for families with children who are in the eighth grade or younger. The only “cost” to attend the event is a perishable food item that will be donated to and help support the Windham Food Pantry.
While everyone is enjoying the evening, judges will be quietly sneaking around in the background, looking for the most creative and innovative costumes, as well as the most interestingly decorated trunk.
“For costumes, judges will be looking for those that stand out from the others in creativity, originality, best depiction of a known character, most time and effort put into the costume and most accuracy or detail in the costume’s design,” explained Linda Brooks, Director of Windham Parks and Recreation. “For the trunks, there will be a prize awarded to the scariest trunk and the most creative theme, and there will also be an award given out to the Best Business Trunk, as we want to acknowledge the support we receive from our local businesses.”
For those who wish to participate in the costume contest, one will need to sign up at the judge’s table in order to compete.
The main purpose of the Trunk or Treat Adventure is to create a tradition around a holiday that many people enjoy and want to participate in. “The Halloween Adventure is a longstanding Windham Parks and Recreation tradition, and we do it because everyone loves Halloween,” Brooks said. “The Trunk or Treat component was added last year as an enhancement to the activity. With Windham being a rural community, we realize some folks never have the benefit of having costumed kids show up at their door on October 31st saying, “Trick or Treat”, and this is an opportunity for them to open their trunks instead.”
Music will be provided throughout the evening, while games and crafts will take place at the same time. At 8 p.m. the winners of the costume contest will be announced.
For anyone who would like to host their “trunk” for the Trunk and Treat portion of the event which will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., please register online at www.windhamrecreation.com or at the Parks and Recreation office at 8 School Road in Windham.
For more information, contact the Windham Parks and Rec at 892-1905.