As Pawling prepared for Halloween earlier this year, residents supported two important events to get everyone excited for the spookiest day of the year. The Recreation Department presented the Village Halloween Party, and the following day Christ Church on Quaker Hill hosted their annual “Trunk or Treat” event. The celebrations provided local families with a fun and safe environment to showcase their costumes and supplied no shortage of tasty treats.
On Saturday, October 28, the Pawling Recreation Department invited little ghosts and ghouls to “Trick or Treat in the Village Streets.” The annual event saw residents come out in droves to Charles Coleman Blvd., where local businesses were on hand to give out candy. Festivities also included a bounce house, face painting, and a haunted graveyard on the Village Green. In addition to local merchants, the Pawling High School Interact Club was also in attendance to help distribute treats. “It’s great to do community service, especially when we get to help kids have fun on Halloween,” said freshman John Belmonte.
As youngsters grabbed as many treats as possible, one local business took a different approach to the Halloween festivities. Instead of candy, Dr. Haitham Ennabi of Quality Dental Care chose to distribute toothbrushes to trick or treaters. Dr. Ennabi, along with his daughters Lauren and Megan, got into the spirit of the day while still keeping an eye on good dental care. “It’s been great; we always try to get involved and help out the town,” said Dr. Ennabi. “With all the candy they’re giving out, we want everyone to brush!”
On Sunday, October 29, Christ Church on Quaker Hill held their third annual “Trunk or Treat” event. Normally situated outside in the church parking lot, inclement weather forced the festivities inside the Frances Ryan Thomas Memorial Center. The rain, however, could do little to dampen the spirits of organizers and attendants. Trick or treaters enjoyed a bounty of food and candy, as well as crafts and games staffed by members of the church Youth Group. All treats were provided by donations and volunteers. “We like to have opportunities to invite the community to see what a unique place we have up here on the hill,” said The Reverend Mark Allan, pastor of Christ Church.
In addition to providing safe Halloween fun, “Trunk or Treat” also served to benefit a worthy cause. All funds raised at the event will be given to Heifer International, a non-profit organization aimed at ending world hunger. “They help third world countries to become self-sustainable,” explained Christ Church Youth Director Stephanie Giordano. “The organization provides animals and livestock to underdeveloped areas so they can produce offspring and food. It’s been really great.”