Trick-or-treaters brave rain in Thorndike

By Kendra Caruso | Nov 01, 2019
Photo by: Kendra Caruso Children search for the best pieces of candy at Thorndike Fire Department on Halloween.

Thorndike — It was warmer than last year, but significantly wetter when trick-or-treaters crowded Thorndike's town center in hopes of a hefty haul of candy loot Halloween night.

The Thorndike Recreation Committee hosted a trunk-or-treat at the Thorndike Fire Department and a haunted house in the old fire department building. Committee members sold burgers, hot dogs and tacos to people passing by.

People at the Masons' Lodge and Congregational Church gave out candy as parents tried to keep up with children dressed as witches, werewolves and other characters. They hopscotched around Gordon Hill Road, which was monitored by local resident Sheriff Jeff Trafton.

Pegi and Peter Quimby handed out candy to dozens of kids at their home in the town center. In the first 12 years they lived at that residence, they did not get many trick-or-treaters, they said. But since community members started hosting and promoting more events three years ago, they’ve had many more visitors on Halloween.

They expressed gratitude to the Thorndike Recreation Committee, formed this past spring when new selectmen were voted into office, for introducing new Halloween traditions in town.

Recreation Committee member Zoey Bond ran the haunted house, which drew more than 262 people. For the past two years she had hosted a haunted house on Halloween, but now plans the event as a Recreation Committee member.

Town selectmen and officials have organized community gatherings to mend ties after disputes between the previous selectmen and the Fire Department, which was privately run at the time. The town held a bicentennial celebration in mid-September and an open house at the Fire Station Oct. 12 to engage residents.

“Our intention is to develop community,” Bond said. “So we want our neighbors to come together and enjoy something together.”

Natalie Roberts, left, 15, volunteers for the haunted house in Thorndike town center on Halloween. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
A child holds a jellyfish umbrella during a rainy Halloween in Thorndike's town center. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Adults hand out candy to children in front of the Masons' building on Halloween in Thorndike. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Children wade through streams of rainwater next to Gordon Hill Road in Thorndike, hoping to fill their bags with Halloween candy. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Children run up to Peter and Pegi Quimby's house for candy in Thorndike town center on Halloween. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Patricia A Pendergast | Nov 02, 2019 22:06

Kendra Caruso did a great job with photographs and talking to people. The Thorndike Park and Rec Committee is grateful for the support the Village Soup brings to all Waldo County towns through good articles like this. Thank you.



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