Families flock for treats from trunks
October 30—Citizens Park welcomed busloads of candy-hunting dinosaurs, video game characters, ladybugs, superheroes, ghouls, princesses and other visitors on Saturday afternoon, with the annual festivities of the municipal government “trunk or treats” running from 3 to 6 p.m.
Trunkers on board for this year’s rally, handing out wholesale candy across three adjacent ballparks, were with organizations including Horse Creek Academy, Unprofane Riders, Cedar Creek Church, Target, McDonald’s, Chandler Law Firm, Aiken Ophthalmology and the Cumbee Center.
Jeremy Grimes, the city’s recreation program coordinator, was helping to keep pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the right direction. Official attendance, he said, was 4,777, down from 4,210 in 2011. “Everything went well. We were pleased with the feedback,” he said, recalling many grateful smiles and comments.
Truncator David Jollie helped coordinate a group of volunteers dressed as dinosaurs, with inflatable outfits and a “Jurassic Park”, adding to the atmosphere and eliciting a wide range of reactions, from hugs to estrangement.
John Herring, light towing manager for Wayne’s Automotive and Towing Center, also helped provide a table decorated with treats. The crowd was surprisingly large, he said.
Herring’s display included a tow truck with an unusual load on board. “Fortunately for me, I had the hearse in the back yard, and it had been there for about two years, and I was like, ‘Well, trick or treat. Might as well load up the hearse and come with it,'” he added. said.
Among the vendors offering extra calories on Saturday were names such as Fish & Chips, Kona Ice, V’s Kitchen, Funnel Cake Lounge, Whipped Creamery, The Grill Reign, Celebrations Concessions and Delicious Dogs.