BENNINGTON. We’re scared because we’re interested.
Trunk or Treat was so much fun last year we’re doing it again, with more cute treats and lots of Halloween spirit in a safe environment that kids of all ages can enjoy.
The Banner is a sponsor of the Halloween event, where creatively decorated trunks full of goodies replace the porches, starting Saturday, October 30th at 4:30 p.m. at Coggins Car from Bennington’s Ford, Toyota and Honda dealerships at 897 North Bennington Road (Route 67A).
Valerie Sawin, business development manager for Coggins Auto, said the company is excited to host again. And it makes sense to host it too.
“We have such a large complex. We don’t take up roads. We have a huge parking lot and enough space to park and set up an event. It’s safe and all in one area. “
The three storefronts – Ford, Toyota, and Honda – will compete with each other to see who can come up with the most elaborate Halloween decorations. “Oh yeah, it’s game time,” Sawin said with a laugh.
Participants have a path to follow, starting in the Ford store and through the Toyota and Honda lots. Volunteers keep things safe by making sure none of the showrooms get overcrowded at once.
Local first aiders are also involved. The Bennington Police Department and Bennington County Sheriff’s Department are both dispatching cruisers and their K-9s (Gracie and Tarawa, respectively) and a Bennington Fire Department truck will also be on site. Additional attendees at press time include Mission City Church, Ocean State Job Lot, The Learning Tree, Growing-Upright at Southwest Tech, United Counseling Services, the Berkshire Family YMCA, Helping Hands of Bennington County, Project Against Violent Encounters, and Sunrise Family Resources -Center.
“Getting out of the everyday police uniform and putting on a crazy costume is a lot of fun for my staff,” said Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette. We have been in the planning phase for a few weeks now and know that we will have the best “trunks” at the event. Most importantly, our ability to connect with local youth and offer treats and tricks. When they approach our area, they know they are safe.
“Maybe you’re looking for some smoke, a couple of flashing lights, and a couple of ghosts and goblins. We might even have a witch or two. … you will be easy to spot, ”said Doucette. “Keep an eye on your candy bags as you get closer. We love sweets and treats! “