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Halloween to move indoors in Madawaska

MADAWASKA, Maine — Operation No Tricks has been moved to the multipurpose building in Madawaska for Halloween due to unfavorable weather conditions, however some houses plan to remain open to their trick-or-treaters. 

This would have been the third year that Customs and Border Protection along with the Madawaska police, fire and ambulance would have been at the busiest intersections for trick-or-treaters to keep them safe. 

Due to weather conditions, Jodie Theriault said they are moving to the multipurpose building in Madawaska to participate in the Rec Department’s Trunk-or-Treat. 

“We love handing out treats in the avenues on Halloween to the trick or treaters, but this year’s weather has made us change our plans,” she said. 

Trunk-or-treat is a form of trick-or-treating where people volunteer their cars in a central location for children to go from trunk to trunk seeking candy as if they were going door-to-door in a neighborhood.

But some are not giving up hope on this spooky holiday. Justin Love said rain or shine, he’s going to stay open for the little monsters who dare roam the streets tonight. He will even have a little haunted house in his garage. 

This Halloween spider isn’t flustered by the weather on Main Street.
(Morgan Mitchell)

“I am pretty sure it’s going to be pouring and I am a little skeptical that anyone is going to be out here, but for anyone who is out here, I am going to be out here too,” Love said. 

Love said he just moved to Madawaska where his wife took the music teaching position at the Madawaska School Department, but that this will be the fifth year that he will have a Halloween extravaganza at his house. He said his whole family, including his four children, gets into the spirit of Halloween. 

“My daughter really enjoys it as well, she gets right into it with me and it’s something fun the family loves to do before the snow hits,” he said. “When the snow hits, you can’t really decorate much for Christmas, but Halloween is the one where you can decorate and interact with the community.” 

Despite the rain, Love will open as soon as he is finished picking up the decorations the weather has knocked down recently. 

“Now that I’m up here and I know that they have Trunk-or-Treat, I am thinking of maybe, next year we would do a little combination and be part of both,” he said. 

This year is the first year that Madawaska will host a trunk-or-treat. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and a free hot dog meal will be provided for all, according to the event flyer. 

“We will be joining others in the community at the first  Madawaska Trunk-or-Treat being held at the Madawaska Rec department,” Theriault said. “It’s safe, fun, and indoors to keep everyone dry and happy, and we are very excited to participate.” 

There will be a best trunk-or-treat setup award. To participate as a trunk call 728-3604. The deadline to set up is 4:45 p.m. inside the multipurpose building. 

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