Story by Sara Paul
A nasty Nor’easter may have rendered Golden Hill Elementary School’s Trunk or Treat event less trunk than treat, however the show did, indeed, go on. Halloween revelers at the Florida, NY bash simply set up in the school’s gymnasium.
With creative displays inspired by such themes as the Candyland board game, Jurassic Park, Super Mario Brothers, and Charlotte’s Web, about 200 dressed up trick or treaters of all ages collected goodies from more than 30 stations. There was even a mock Starbucks Drive-Thru serving up hot cocoa and cake pops.
While the second annual event was slated to be a trunk or treat parking lot party with participants decorating the trunks of their automobiles, the wind and rain forced the festivities indoors.
“We were not sure if we should change the date or just cancel, but the bottom line is the parents wanted it,” noted Golden Hill PTA president Kevin Lundell.
“This gives people the opportunity to trick or treat safely, and it’s also on a weekend so parents and grandparents can attend,” Lundell said, adding that the event is dedicated to Christine Lupinski, the Golden Hill PTA president who passed away in 2017.
Overseeing the “World of Ghosts” table was Darla Hamling, mother of three girls who attend Golden Hill.
“There’s kids, costumes, happiness, and joy. And the parents love it just as much as the kids. We really look forward to this,” Hamling commented.
Alyssa Werner was in attendance with her two children, bravely manning her Shark’s Mouth booth.
“There is such a sense of community here. We are one big family,” she said.
Special guest appearances included Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, David Conklin and Anthony Garzone, respectively, from Empire City Garrison/Hudson Valley Squad, as well as some friendly Ghostbusters from Hudson Valley Ghostbusters, Inc.
Apples for the Charlotte’s Web display were donated by Masker Orchards and the Fearless Cooking Company provided cold weather food like soup, chili, and street tacos.
“This brings kids in the community together in one safe place to be happy and get candy. It’s such a nice family event,” said Principal Debbie Lisack, who donned a Harry Potter costume.
Other noteworthy costumes included the Garcia family who were dressed as Joe Dirt’s family and Melissa Colon, who came as a “selfie.”
The next PTA sponsored event will be Hot Cocoa and Cookies with Santa.