DOBSON — The Town of Dobson’s first Halloween Spooktacular event brought hundreds of families to enjoy games and trick-or-treating Saturday afternoon.
Plenty of treats were offered to children, but no tricks.
Cindy Brannock, an employee for the Dobson Community Library, was overjoyed with the turnout they had seen during the day.
“This was a wonderful idea,” she said when asked how she thought the event would go.
She explained she felt that having the event in one area, the park, was much safer for children.
“They aren’t walking beside the road.” Children were allowed to run around and play without the parents having to fear traffic, added Brannock.
The library made more than 600 treat bags and had given almost all of them away. According to Brannock, she guessed they had fewer one hundred left around 6:30 p.m.
Carnival games such as cornhole were set up throughout the park. A large blow-up bouncy slide was the main attraction for children. Also, pumpkin bowling was the most popular of the games being played, according to game attendants.
Paper towels were set up as the pins, with the face of a ghost painted on each one. Players had to roll a small pumpkin down the lane to knock over the ghostly pins.
“It was really great, fun games for my kids,” said Cheryl Marion who had travelled from Elkin with her two children to attend the Spooktacular event.
A hay bale maze was set up for children to navigate their way through, although most seemed to be climbing over top to beat their competitors.
Dobson Fire Department had driven a fire truck and parked near the park. Fire fighters handed out candy as they told children all about the ins and outs of the fire truck.
Salem Fork Baptist Church, Surry County Emergency Services, Edward Jones Investments and several community members set up in a row to hand out candy and treat bags.
“The night has been really fun overall,” said Marion.
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