BATAVIA – Costumes, candies, pumpkin and hot chocolate.
If the last of these seems inappropriate, it was a cold, humid Saturday afternoon. However, that didn’t stop the youth from attending the Batavia First United Methodist Church’s annual Trunk or Treat.
“With the resumption of COVID-19, we thought it might be a safe alternative for people with children to come and be in a safe place and celebrate the holiday without being in the dark and going door-to-door,” said Sandy Trimmer, Department of Children’s and Youth Coordinator.
The church has been presenting its Trunk or Treat for the past four years. It’s a non-stop process for the COVID-19 outbreak last year – although security measures were much tighter, it still happened.
This year’s event was close to normal with fancy vehicles offering candy and other treats in the church parking lot. Fire, pumpkin carving and hot chocolate were also available.
“We also provide decorations and candy, so all you have to do is drive and park,” Trimmer said with a little laugh. “You can give and you can take.”
Among those who handed out candy were Julie Tybor, Kim Truax and Shelbi Stefaniak. All three wore tie-dye hippie costumes and took on a “flower power” vibe, evoking old-fashioned Volkswagen vans.
“My daughter’s favorite thing is tie-dye, so we have a lot of it,” Truax said.
They handed out candy to people, including 5-year-old Alexander Edson, who came dressed as a police officer.
“This is what I want to be when I grow up,” Alexander said.
His 12-year-old brother, Jonathan Edson, is a Ghostbusters fan and is dressed in an extraordinary Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man suit.
“I got it from the spirit shop,” he said. “I thought it was a great costume.”
They were accompanied by their mother, Rebecca Whitcome, and grandmother, Susan Schue.
Across the parking lot, friends Alexis Kasper and Mikenna, both 11 years old, handed out candy from the trunk of a vehicle inspired by the popular “Child’s Play” horror movie.
This year Alexis was watching “Child’s Play” for the first time, so she dressed up as the killer doll Chucky – she really enjoyed the movie, which also featured morbid but campy humor.
“We did it at the last moment because we really didn’t have any embellishments for it,” he said. “We tried to make it a haunted nursery theme.”
Mycenae dressed as Monica, her favorite character from the Doki Doki Literature Club video game.
What is their favorite part of Halloween?
“Eating sugar,” Mycenae said. To get dressed.”
Alexis’ 10-year-old sister, Bailey, was dressed as a witch and was handing out treats a few yards away.
“I’m just decorating the trunk this year,” she said.
Bailey had also watched “Child’s Play” this year.
“It was pretty scary and funny at the same time,” he said.
Trunk or Treat was among numerous Halloween-related events over the weekend in the GLOW area.