Sponsors Gave Out 30,000 Pieces Of Candy On Halloween

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With a face like that, this nurse could scare the sickness right out of you, especially during the Trunk-or-Treat event conducted on Halloween at Rumsey Park by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. Becky Hatfield, an employee at Payson Regional Medical Center, was the person behind the mask.

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The balloon hung in mid-air, or so it seemed to Blaine Sahlecen), as he screamed with delight as he bounced around the parking lot in Rumsey Park where the Trunk-or-Treat event took place.

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Madame Sylva pointed to Saharah Miculak as she divined her fortune at the Trunk-or-Treat event.

This year’s town-sponsored Trunk-or-Treat Halloween giveaway might go down as the most successful in the history of the program.

At least that’s the opinion of recreation coordinator Deb Rose and many of the children who left with plenty of candy, treats, full bellies and good memories.

Rose says she’s not sure why the event was such a huge success, but possibly it could be the tough economic times that are forcing people to search for less expensive activities for their children.

“Also the temperatures were much warmer and we advertised on the police department blinking sign on Beeline,” Rose said.

The event was also promoted in numerous stories in the Roundup.

For the events, the gates opened on the Rumsey ball field to a line that extended to the basketball courts.

“Many waited an hour to get in,” Rose said. “Over 3,000 participants came through the gates.”

She estimates that sponsors doled out more than 30,000 pieces of candy and each child was also given a glow necklace or a flashlight.

“The Optimist went through over 300 hot dogs, 300 sloppy Joes and 50 gallons of hot chocolate,” Rose said.

At about 9 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat came to an end.

“That was about an hour later than scheduled, to make sure everybody got some candy,” Rose said.

On the ball field for the Halloween celebration were 25 trunk participants including the Payson Police Department, Foundations Ministry, Calvary Chapel, Church of the Nazarene, Community Prevention Council, Fancy Flares Red Hat Ladies, Payson Center for Success High School, Payson Regional Medical Center, Senior Circle, Sunshine Club and two Payson Rotary clubs.

During the awards presentation, Payson Regional Medical Center took the scariest award home and the most creative went to 70s. The Cone Heads won the funniest citation and Payson Center for Success carded best of show.

Rose issued thanks to those who helped make the evening a success including judges Su Connell, Doc Holiday and Charlene Hunt. She also thanked fortunetellers Lori Lindell and Shannon Bielke and DJ Fred Carpenter.

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