Dagsboro’s pre-Halloween event provides a ‘spook-tacular’ treat

DAGSBORO – Activities and festivities at Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department Station 73 were simply “spook-tacular” Sunday.

One of the Trunk Or Treat business participants: Wags to Riches pet grooming. From left, Ryder Langenfelder, Kerrie Jones, Shanna McIlvain, Caitlyn Wright and Cindy Walters. Murphy the mascot is in front.

Halloween celebration arrived a couple weeks early as scores of children enjoyed an afternoon of fun and treats at the fire department’s 10th Annual Trunk Or Treat costume party.

This year, several businesses joined in on the festivities, which drew families from Dagsboro and neighboring communities.

“This year we changed it up a little bit,” said Nicole Mitchell, Dagsboro VFD Ladies Auxiliary member who was main organizer of the event. “We let different community businesses come in and bring their own vehicle to pass out candy and decorate. So it  was more of a community thing.”

Costumes spanned the gamut. There were plenty of princesses, ghouls, other scary creatures, well-known characters and entries that involved homemade creativity and ingenuity.

One-year-old Savannah Brittingham of Gumboro rode in a wagon, dressed as a mouse in a mousetrap.

Little Luke Joseph of Dagsboro brought the Wizard of Oz to life as the Cowardly Lion and Madyson Townsend, 8, of Dagsboro was boxed in as The Claw, a skill arcade game.

An entry that drew plenty of attention was 6-year-old Garrett Belford of Ocean View. He was dressed as T Rex – the ferocious prehistoric Tyrannosaurus dinosaur.

Judges determined costume contest winners in several categories. Prizes included ice cream vouchers donated by Dairy Queen and McDonald’s and movie vouchers courtesy of the Clayton Theatre, Ms. Mitchell said.

Each contest entrant received candy and a free hot dog, chips and drink.

An outdoors attraction was Trooper 2, the Delaware State Police helicopter which made a special landing and visit.

Music entertainment was provided by local disc jockey Brian K. Hall, who served as master of ceremonies.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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