Story By Janmarie Foschini
Residents in the Village of Greenwood Lake spent Sat., Oct. 20 celebrating Halloween with several festivities. The day began with the fourth annual Bark Park fundraiser and pet costume event. Pets were invited to come in costume and enjoy some fall fun at the park. Pumpkin bread and dog biscuits were for sale with proceeds helping to support the Greenwood Lake Bark Park.
The Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual trick or treating event. The Village streets were beautifully decorated with scarecrows made by the local girl and boy scouts. Children and their families dressed up in costumes trick or treating at local businesses. Local establishments were festively decorated and many dressed in costume while cheerfully handing out candy and treats to children of all ages. First responders were on hand as well greeting children and giving them candy.
After trick or treating was completed, the Annual Fire Department Parade began. Families and friends marched down Windermere Ave. with emergency vehicles leading the parade. Special parade guests included Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh greeting children and posing for pictures. The parade finished up at the Ben Winstanley Park where everyone gathered for the costume contest. Several trophies were awarded for best homemade costumes in various age groups and categories.
“This is one of my favorite events in Greenwood Lake. The Village, the Chamber of Commerce, the Fire Department, the Bark Park, and Boy Scout Troop 121 working together to give Greenwood Lake a great day. This is what our community is all about. A big thank you to our community for their support. We hope to make this day bigger and better every year,” said Village Trustee Katheleen Holder.
Village Mayor Jesse Dwyer, who participated in the festivities with his family, said, “This year’s Halloween activities were spectacular. The number of young families in Greenwood Lake is growing and events like this are so important to a community like ours. Wonderful job by everyone involved in making the Terror Trail such a success. Your hard work and careful planning showed and the event was amazing!”
The festive evening concluded with “Terror on the Trail,” created by Greenwood Lake Scout Troop 121. The trail was both frightful and delightful, decorated with spooky trails, zombies and many other Halloween creatures. Trail goers were treated to a haunted and fun Halloween trail. Other activities included a Halloween movie, a rock wall, bouncy houses, and a hayride. Food and drinks were available throughout the evening.