MAHOMET — Judging by the hundreds of costumed children and a line of people stretching for blocks, Trunk or Treat in downtown Mahomet was a big success this year.
The event, held Oct. 25, offered a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat, with local merchants and other groups such as churches, the Cornbelt Fire Protection District and the Mahomet Police Department lined up with candy-filled car trunks all set to reward scary, funny and superhero-themed children all dressed up.
Kathy and Frank Young set up their truck and handed out candy not as part of any business or other organization but just because they enjoy Halloween and seeing the youngsters in their costumes.
“My husband is ‘Mr. Holiday,’ ” Kathy said while Frank was conveniently out of earshot. “He has a basement full of decorations for every holiday. He particularly loves Halloween. He was a state trooper, but before that, he was a funeral director, and so we lived in a funeral home. And kids would come and ring the doorbell, and he had this great big bowl of candy, and he’d open the door and they’d run away. They were scared!
“So we’ve rarely had trick-or-treaters,” she added, noting that the couple lives out in the country now. “So we’ve always had to sort of migrate to some neighborhood, like our son’s house or our daughter’s house, in order to enjoy the trick-or-treaters.”
That spurred the pair to join Trunk or Treat and get to see all kinds of youngsters in all kinds of garb for Halloween.
Burgwald Eye Center staffers have participated in Trunk or Treat for about four years, a convenient bit of fun since the business is located downtown. The center’s Dr. Erik Burgwald epitomized its alien theme with a costume depicting a “Martian” carrying away a human.
“It’s a safe place for kids to get candy and, you know, bring the community together,” Burgwald said of Trunk or Treat. “It’s grown every year.”
Rich Gegg with New Beginnings Church helped keep a bee theme going for the congregation’s entry in the event.
“Giving out candy is sort of the highlight,” Gegg said. “We enjoy spreading the news and giving kids candy. They always love to have some candy. Who doesn’t like candy on Halloween?”