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Madawaska committee plans a safe Halloween for kids

MADAWASKA, Maine — The town’s Beautification Committee announced in a letter to members that it will host Trunk or Treat on Main Street to celebrate Halloween from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. 

A pumpkin carving contest will take place prior to that on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the multipurpose building in Madawaska. Participants must pre-register to ensure space and a pumpkin. 

“Due to COVID-19, it has been suggested that many homes will not be giving out candy this year as it has been deemed a ‘high risk’ activity,” Chamber Director Sharon Boucher said in the letter. “In an effort to have something for the kids to look forward to, in a safe environment, the committee has decided to hold a Main Street Trunk or Treat in Madawaska.”

For the event, a portion of the road will be blocked off from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Halloween. 

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

Last year, the rec department put on an indoor trunk or treat where more than 400 little ghouls and goblins went visited trunks — or tents — inside the multipurpose building collecting candy. This year, due to COVID-19 guidelines, the chamber and town had to get creative. 

The letter to members urged participation from families and businesses and outlined ways businesses and families can help and get involved. 

Suggestions included decorating a trunk to park on Main Street, donating candy or funds, sponsoring prizes for the children’s pumpkin carving contest, decorating storefront businesses and ensuring that Main Street businesses are open during the witching hour. 

Community members may also donate pumpkins for the pumpkin carving contest. Those donating pumpkins need to drop them off at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about how to get involved, contact the chamber at 207-728-3604. 

The Beautification Committee is made up of the St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce, the town of Madawaska and the Acadian Festival Committee. The Madawaska Rec Department is also a sponsor for the event. 

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