Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

October 30, 2013

Ghosts and Goblins

Avon event filled with costumed creatures and seasonal spirit

By STEVEN PENN
Hendricks County Flyer

AVON — Residents got in the Halloween spirit at the fifth annual Ghosts and Goblins event, which took place from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Avon-Washington Township Park.

The event was sponsored by Hendricks Power Cooperative and the Avon Kiwanis Club.

Activities included games, a scavenger hunt, a costume contest and trick-or-treating through the trails. Volunteers from Project A.N.G.E.L. were also on hand selling concessions, which benefitted the organization.

“Basically we are hosting a few different things so we’re doing just games in the middle here, we’ve got balance beams and cornhole for everybody and we’re hosting a scavenger hunt,” Park Director Nikki Montembeault said. “There’s items hidden throughout the park and if they complete the list they get a prize. There’s also the costume contest, which is every year and that’s a 6 p.m. There’s two categories, most original and scariest, so they get a first, second, and third for each of those.”

She said the trick-or-treat trail featured 23 local businesses.

“We have the trick-or-treat trail and the vendors are all in here on their own,” Montembeault said. “It’s all donated candy and whatever goods they want to bring in to kind of promote their businesses and stuff.”

She added it’s important to do community events like this.

“This is a taxpayers’ park. It’s the one place where they’ve contributed to this park already and it’s the one place to kind of just bring everybody together,” Montembeault said. “There’s a whole bunch of people who probably wouldn’t have crossed paths otherwise and I think it’s a great idea. I’m a firm believer in outdoors and recreation and if you can get people out participating in the outdoors and coming together then it’s the best combination.”