Updated: October 30, 2020 11:52 PM
Created: October 30, 2020 11:52 PM
CLIFTON PARK - It's trick or treat with a ghoulish twist of Covid-related practicality.
"We're just happy to see everybody out here having a good time," said Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett, "We certainly didn't expect anywhere near this many people."
Organizers say it's the biggest turnout they've ever seen for the annual Trunk or Treat celebration at Clifton Commons, an event co-sponsored by the town and Starpoint Church.
"It's a great way to provide a small sense of normalcy I think during a real difficult year for sure," said Pastor Roscoe Lilly.
For young trick or treaters, the event offers one stop shopping.
"I would rather do this because you don't have to walk as far," said Maddie Andrus, of Clifton Park, "And you have to go up hills and ring doorbells and wait for them."
For some, there's nothing like a traditional neighborhood Halloween.
"I like the door-to-door idea because it's original to Halloween," said Lizzie Andrus, "And so it's just the tradition and it's fun because you get to interact with your neighbors."
In many ways, collecting candy from people in cars is anything but traditional.
"You have to wear a mask because of Corona and you have to stay six feet away," Rowan Petrie, age 9, points out.
When Halloween falls on a Saturday night like it does this year, Friday is just a warm up and then the kids can go door-to-door on Saturday night, usually.
"Whether they decide to go trick or treating tomorrow night, who knows," Barrett asks rhetorically.
But when there's candy up for grabs, kids pretty much know what they want to do.
"We get to go out again tomorrow night in the neighborhood so we get more," Lizzie Andrus states.
"I might not go in my neighborhood but I am going trick or treating," Hannah Vanwinkler, 8, announced.
It seems there are plenty of parents who realize the importance of traditional childhood Halloween memories.
"I'd still prefer to go through the neighborhood to tell you the truth," said Sean Petrie. "This is great for the community, especially this year, but I still like the traditional walking through you neighborhood if possible."
But even in the neighborhoods, things might seem different.
"We're just going to leave candy out because we're not going to be home," said Christa Petrie.
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