UNION COUNTY — Halloween 2017 is now history but those who participated will no doubt have nothing but good memories of the various celebrations held in Union County.
In the days leading up to the day itself, local churches and schools such as Brown’s Creek Baptist Church, Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church, and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School hosted special celebrations. Some of them were Fall Festivals and some were Trunk or Treats, but what they all generally had in common was they were times of family-friendly fun that included food, games, activities, and, of course, treats.
Then, Halloween arrived, as usual, on Oct. 31 which this year fell on a Tuesday and the family-friendly fun continued with activities throughout the county.
Main Street in downtown Union was the site of largest of the day’s events, the annual “Downtown Trick or Treat” presented by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Main Street between the Union Courthouse and the USC Union Main Building was blocked off to allow the trick or treaters and their families free reign to walk up and down the street and the sidewalks, getting candy and other treats from the businesses and other institutions that line Main Street.
Children were in costume, of course, because what’s Halloween without the little ones appropriately dressed in outfits that ranged from the cute and amusing to the amusingly frightening. Some of the adults with them were also dressed for the occasion as were some of the merchants who were handing out the treats to the little trick or treaters as they made their way up and down the street.
There were also fun things for the trick or treaters to do in addition to getting treats. They could also get their faces painted and play games to win prizes. There was even a celebrity for them to meet. It was “Marshall” from the children’s TV series “Paw Patrol.”
While Downtown Trick or Treat provided trick or treaters with lots of Halloween fun, it wasn’t alone. Others got involved too including First Baptist Church down the street which had its own Truck or Treat providing trick or treaters with more opportunities for treats. Nor was Union the only place for Halloween Fun as Jonesville Baptist Church also held its own celebration with games, hot dogs and Trunk or Treat.
In short, there was lot of fun things in Union County to do leading up to and on Halloween and that’s why those who got to participate in any of those events will have good memories of the family-friendly fun that was Halloween 2017.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Superman aka Sam Pannell doesn’t quite know what to make of the camera as he gets his picture taken along with his friend Kayla Rochester. They were among the many Halloween fans of all ages to go Trunk or Treating at Jonesville Baptist Church this Halloween. The evening of fun, food, games, and Trunk or Treat at Jonesville Baptist was among the many events taking place on Halloween in Union County.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Fighting crime in Gotham City would be a lot harder for Batman without the Batmobile and so it was more than a little appropriate that Kolton Howell not only dressed as the Caped Crusader for Halloween but also “rode” around in the Dark Knight’s crime fighting vehicle. He was among the many children of all ages who turned out for Heartland of Union’s Trunk or Treat on Halloween. Staff and residents handed out treats to the little Trick or Treaters who turned out for the event which was held in the center’s parking lot.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Wonder Woman was the first female superhero and she remains one of the most popular of the comic book crime fighters in American pop culture. The character’s popularity was demonstrated Tuesday when not one, but two Wonder Women turned out for Heartland of Union’s Trunk of Treat on Halloween. Dressed as the Amazon princess are A’moria Boler and her mother, Ashley. Posing with them for this picture is Shatera McClurkin, an employee at Heartland who, along with a number of her fellow employees and a number of the facilities residents, handed out treats to the Trick or Treaters who turned out for the event.
Charles Warner | The Union Times This little mouse’s name is Greyson Cox and he looks ready to roll in his Radio Flyer wagon and do some Trunk or Treating at Jonesville Baptist Church. He was among the many children who with their families turned out to enjoy food, fun, games, and Trunk or Treat at the church on Halloween. It was one of many family-friendly Halloween events held in Union County this past Tuesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Trick or Treaters of all ages lined Main Street in downtown Union during Tuesday’s Downtown Trick or Treat sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. The 90-minute Halloween tradition drew a huge turnout of families whose children got to get treats from the businesses and other institutions on Main Street as well as get their faces painted and play games for prizes.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Little clown Harper Brannon gets carried by mother Nikki down Main Street during Tuesday’s Downtown Trick or Treat sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. They were among the many families to enjoy the afternoon of family-friendly fun that is Downtown Trick or Treat. The event, which is sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce, is Halloween tradition that gives families the opportunity to take their children trick or treating at the the businesses and other institutions along Main Street in downtown Union.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Trick or Treaters walk down the sidewalk at First Baptist Church in downtown Union getting treat from the church’s Trunk or Treat. It was one of a number of family-friendly Halloween activities held throughout Union County this past Tuesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Rev. Robbie Stollger, Pastor of First Baptist Church, hands out candy to trick or treaters during the church’s Trunk or Treat. The church’s Trunk or Treat was one of a number of family-friendly Halloween activities held this past Tuesday for Halloween.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Wyatt Lindler gets his face painted by Melony Warner during Downtown Trick or Trick this past Tuesday. Sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Trick or Treat is an annual Halloween tradition that gives families the opportunity to take their children trick or treating at the businesses and other institutions of Main Street in downtown Union. In addition to getting treats, children got to play games for prizes and, of course, get their faces painted.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Little witch Christina Barrett looks like she’s ready to conjure up some pretty amazing Halloween tricks for some Halloween candy during the Trunk or Treat held at Heartland of Union Tuesday evening. She was one of the many children who turned out in costume for the event and took home a nice helping of candy. Heartland’s Trunk or Treat was one of a number of Halloween events that took place in Union County on Tuesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Kayce Heatherly with Heartland of Union hands out treats to trick or treaters during the facility’s Trunk of Treat Tuesday afternoon. Staff and residents were both in the facility’s parking lot handing out treats to the children attending the event. It was one of a number of family-friendly events taking place around Union County this past Halloween.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Halloween isn’t just for humans, you know. Some of our four-legged friends also get in on the fun. This is “Biggie” who, dressed as Popey The Sailor, came to the Heartland of Union’s Trunk or Treat with his owners Dasia and Allyson Davis.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Cat lady Susan Waller is ready to hand out treats at First Baptist Church of Union’s Trunk or Treat on Halloween. The church’s Trunk or Treat was one of a number of family-friendly events held around Union County this past Tuesday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Halloween can be exciting but it can also be tiring leaving a participant in much need of a nap. That was the case of Tukker Moss who came to the Union County Commerce’s Downtown Trick or Treat on Halloween dressed as a cow and his stroller made to look like a barn. He was one of the many children to turn out for Tuesday’s event to get plenty of treats, but it looks like his Halloween treat was some sleep. Pleasant dreams little one.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.