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Children enjoy “Spook-Tacular” Halloween event

FORT KENT, Maine — Children dressed as creepy creatures, pretty princesses, soldiers, hunters and more had a spook-tacular good time at a Halloween event at Fort Kent Elementary School on Saturday. 

Fort Kent Community High School sophomore Sadie Pelletier and her classmates organized the “Spook-Tacular Trick or Treat Clue Hunt,” where children solved riddles to earn candy while maintaining social distancing. The event was co-sponsored by UMFK TRIO students. 

Daniel and Randalyn Shaw of Fort Kent brought their four young children, Tyler, 6, Sophia Rose, 5, and 3-year-old twins Landen and Lincoln to the clue hunt. The family moved to northern Maine from West Newfield in July when they purchased Camel Brook Camps. 

The parents learned of the event from a flyer their two older children brought home from school and said they attended the clue hunt because they wanted to give their children an opportunity to enjoy some safe, family-friendly Halloween fun. 

Such community events are one of the reasons the family decided to move to Fort Kent in the first place, Daniel Shaw said.

“We felt this was a good place to raise kids,” he said. “Also, the school system is good and of course we have a lot of kids.” 

Pelletier said she was motivated to organize the event due to the lack of social activities available to children as a result of the pandemic. 

“I thought it was important to do as much as we can during these hard times to bring some joy and put some smiles on some kids faces,” she said.

Pelletier reached out to Fort Kent Town Manager Suzie Paradis with the idea and Paradis contacted UMFK director of student support services Nikolas Lallemand who enlisted students in the UMFK TRIO program to volunteer at the event. Lallemand and the TRIO students distributed candy to the trick-or-treaters.  

“It’s giving students at the college and kids in town something else to do, especially during COVID, and it’s a fun break from academia,” Lallemand said. 

Lallemand added that Paradis also helped out by purchasing and collecting candy donations to give to the children at the clue hunt. 

Pelletier and her friends created Halloween-themed decorations for the event. “It’s been very messy in my house the past few days,” Pelletier said. 

Children in spooky masks celebrated Halloween at a “Spook-Tacular Trick or Treat Clue Hunt” at Fort Kent Elementary School (Jessica Potila | SJVT)

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