ROCKINGHAM – The 12th annual City of Rockingham Trunk or Treat held on October 31 was well attended by goblins, clowns, ninja turtles, super heroes and even a few princesses.
The event was scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m., the line was still hundreds deep and wrapped all the way around the Browder Park facility to the back of the rear soccer field.
“It was a huge success,” said Kim Williams, events coordinator for City of Rockingham. “We had 22 trunks and over 4,000 people. This was one of our largest crowds in the 12 years we’ve been doing it.”
The weather cooperated as well. After several days of unseasonably cold weather, Halloween was warmer and dry. The temperature was in the mid-60ss for the event.
The squeals of children’s laughter were occasionally drowned out by the sounds of chainsaws and blood-curdling screams from within the Haunted House. However, from the looks of the smiling faces and the full buckets of candy being carried away, the event was a success by all standards.
“My favorite part was seeing all the kids run from me,” said Gracie Webb. Webb was dressed in a Jason Voorhees costume, and was with a group of youth from Oak Ridge Baptist Church.
Webb (second from left) and a group of trick-or-treaters from Oak Ridge Baptist Church.
Brenda David was also present with her children at the Trunk-or-Treat event. When asked about what they were most excited about the younger children yelled “candy”. The older ones chimed in that they were excited to go through the haunted house. When asked if the younger ones were afraid of the haunted house David exclaimed, “I’m afraid! The little ones don’t need to see that.”
Brenda David (left) along with her children at Browder Park.
Judy Tyndall of the Ellerbe Senior Center and Jacqueline Welch, executive director of Aging Services kept busy handing out candy on behalf of Richmond County Aging Services and noted it’s a great opportunity and way to keep the kids safe and off the street at Halloween.
Tyndall and Welch are veterans of the Trunk or Treat, with Welch saying, “I’ve been participating for at least 10 years.”
Through such events like Browder Park Trunk-or-Treat, the community tends to come together in a positive manner. The well-mannered crowd showed what small-town America is all about, as each costumed person waited his turn and had a good time of fellowship with neighbors in the process.