I have been a big fan of Halloween for my entire life. From the time I was a child, I was religious in my pursuit for the perfect costume and the best trick or treat route. My mother always had the house decorated in its spookiest décor, and for many years we had a Halloween “routine” of trick or treating and, once home, beginning the sorting and bartering while we watched the family friendly Halloween movie that was on one of the major networks. It was fun, just spooky enough, and ranked up there with the best of my childhood memories. Of course, as a mother I want to create wonderful memories for my own children. As the last four years have flown by, we just haven’t found the right thing, so, of course, I began brainstorming (Beware, this can be dangerous!).
We are so blessed to live in this enchanting little town. A town full of sidewalks, churches, great family-run restaurants, good people and a lot of families. We need to start some traditions of our own, not just only within our families, but within our community, as well. With Halloween coming up, I could only propose that we do something for the entire community the night before Halloween. Children just don’t trick or treat anymore the way we did as children. The world has changed so much and, as a parent myself, I just want something fun and safe for my children to participate in on Halloween.
This is where the birth of Halloween on the Green came into play. Why not have a big community Trunk or Treat event? We have the perfect stage for one at the Village Green next to the Chester Public Library. It doesn’t take a lot of work; the success of the event depends on how many people show up. So, this week, I am going to request that you all take time to mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 30, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Go stock up on sugary goodness for the little (and big) guys and decorate your trunk as spooky as you like and see if you can scare your way into a win in the trunk decorating contest! And don’t forget to bring the kids! We do need trick or treaters!
We are extremely excited about this event and really hope that you all come out to help make it a success! Halloween on the Green (sponsored by the Village News) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Village Green, next to the library. The first 30 cars or so will be instructed to park in the designated “trunk or treat” area and the over flow parking may park in the library parking lot and walk over. If you would like to participate in the trunk or treat, try to arrive at 6 p.m.; that way you have time to set up your trunk. There will be “parking attendants” directing you where to park. Not only will the kids have a safe place to trick or treat, but Spacewalk of Chester will also be providing an inflatable for the enjoyment of all the little monsters, witches and ghosts.
Again, I hope you all come out to celebrate Halloween on the Green. Prepare for a safe and spooky night and, hopefully, the start of a family-oriented tradition here in Chester. I look forward to seeing you all there; I’ll be the one dressed up like a cat (I opted to go low key on the costumes this year, plus I just couldn’t help myself and had to match the little angel; yes, I have turned into one of those mothers!). Be there or be square.