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Monsters in Madawaska stay dry with trunk-or-treat

MADAWASKA, Maine — A night filled with rain couldn’t keep more than 400 little monsters from having a great time trunk-or-treating at the Multipurpose building in Madawaska Halloween evening. 

More than 600 people attended the event held indoors so that the children could trick-or-treat in a dry environment. 

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 searching for candy as if they were going door-to-door.

Madawaska police, fire and ambulance were all in attendance along with the Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol. The agencies were going to be on the streets for Operation No Tricks, but unfavorable weather sent them indoors where they also participated in trunk-or-treat by handing out candy and glow sticks. 

Participants had the option to use their trunk or set up a tent inside the multipurpose building to decorate for the fun, frightening night. 

“It’s super exciting,” said economic development director Keith Cyr who was taking his children around. “It’s a great way for the kids to stay dry and a great place for the kids to trick-or-treat.” 

Charlye Therialut, 2, was out and about with her friends and siblings and was all too excited to see some other friends and family of hers including Jodie Theriault, Customs and Border Protection officer and outreach coordinator, and her daughter Katherine. 

Jodie Theriault headed the Operation No Tricks where officers and safety personnel were going to be posted at the busiest intersections during trick-or-treating to help keep the kids safe. Due to the rainy weather, Theriault decided to move the event inside. 

“We feel very lucky to have been at the trunk or treat at the rec center,” Theriault said. “All of the booths were decorated with such creativity and imagination, it was really an amazing night to be a part of.”

While the rec department isn’t sure if they will do trunk-or-treat next year, they hope to do something for the holiday. 

“All of the kids and parents we saw had huge smiles on their faces,” Theriault said. “It was a great holiday for the community to celebrate as a whole.”

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