"Trunk or Treat" Halloween Event for Clinton Kids Tonight

Here are all the details of tonight's event to be held at the Peters Recreational Complex in Clinton starting at 4pm.


A group of volunteers has quickly organized a Halloween event tonight, Oct. 31, starting at 4pm at the Ethel Peters Recreational Complex in Clinton on Glenwood Road.

Since more than 90 percent of homes in town are still without power due to Hurricane Sandy, town officials did not want kids trick or treating in dark neighborhoods up dark walkways to dark front doors.

There's a much safer alternative that will let all Clinton kids enjoy today's holiday of Halloween!

The event is called "Trunk or Treat." 

Essentially, for anyone who isn't familiar with it, Trunk or Treating is a tailgating version of Trick or Treating. People gather in a parking lot and kids trick or treat from trunk to trunk.

Anyone who has children who would like to participate should bring their candy and their trick-or-treaters to Peters Complex at 4 pm to set up. There will be volunteers directing people as to where to park.

Anyone who would like to donate candy can drop it off at Peters Complex between 4 and 4:30 this afternoon. Trick or treating will start at 4:30, so to keep kids safe, people are asked to park in the adjacent Joel School parking lot if they arrive after 4:30pm.

Thanks go to Mark Barillaro, Lois Ruggiero, Kate Madura, Kim Buckley, Willie Fritz and Jack Cross for organizing this event.

Claudia Neddermann October 31, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I am Claudia Neddermann an 8th grade student at Jared Eliot middle school. I respect the fact that Mr. Fritz is trying to do somthing for us kids on Halloween but, from what I have heard many towns surrounding us have considerd postponing Halloween to Novemeber 3rd( if our town is restored to full power and everything is safe) I wish that our town would do the same. It's the experience of walking around in our costumes on one night of the year and being with our friends. I am hoping someone takes the time to read this and consider this from a kids perspective. Thank you, Everyone stay safe!
Kelly Bebej Anderson October 31, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Well said Claudia. While I too appreciate the organization of an event to keep our children safe on Halloween, I know my kids and I will miss traditional trick or treating. Would have preferred postponing. And yes, stay safe everyone!
Dave Adametz October 31, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Events like these are a wonderful idea. I can't speak for everyone else, but I for one am tired of buying all that candy every year only to have noone show up at my door.
Kristin Cafferty October 31, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Great idea! My kids will be thrilled!
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Let's keep the comments in perspective, please, for this article. This is an event run by volunteers and organized at the last minute. It's for little kids who live in neighborhoods with no power so they will have a fun, safe event on Halloween and get some candy!
Alyson Roberts October 31, 2012 at 03:50 PM
This a great idea! Even as power is restored many yards are piled high with debris and will be dangerous. Many people never had the chance to buy candy before the power went out either. Thank you to all the volunteers who put this event together!
Darcy Sordo October 31, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Fabulous idea to have an event at Peters! The town can still have an official night in Nov. but tonight is Halloween and its great that the kids can be together.
Dawn Peterson October 31, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thank you so much to all that organized this event. My 3 children are very happy.
David Sacco October 31, 2012 at 06:30 PM
This is the best town to live in. Everyone helps each other out and pulls together . You do not experience that in most towns... I am thankful that my children get to grow up here!!! I hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and happy Halloween . See you all this afternoon...
Meredith Phillips October 31, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I do think it's a nice alternative for the younger kids, and kudos to those who organized it on such short notice. My question is about working parents who are back at work today. I don't get home from work today until about 6:00 p.m. Will this still be going on? Should I bother to bring my candy and 10-year-old kid? And have we ALSO agreed to postpone?
Peggy October 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM
It's true that the traditional Halloween is missed, but seeing so many people coming together just to put a smile on children's faces makes me teary eyed. My son is only three and this was the perfect solution. Regardless of whether Halloween is postponed to another day, it fills my heart to see so many come together.
Kristin November 01, 2012 at 12:27 AM
This was great to see the community come together under the circumstances and make this happen for the kids! I thought it was a great success especially since it was put together last minute. My 2 and 4 year old left very happy with full candy buckets! Thanks to everyone who made this happen. I would love to see this become a tradition in our town.
Meredith Adler November 01, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Wow! What an event! My family had a wonderful time and it was great to see so many families there.


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