BERLIN -- Despite the covid-19 pandemic, trick-or-treaters still have plenty to look forward to in Berlin.
In lieu of the usual Halloween Monster Bash, the parks and recreation department will host a drive-thru trunk-or-treat event on Oct. 23. The annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest will go on, but will be different than in years past.
Additionally, Berlin police officers will hold their own trunk-or-treat event on Halloween.
Pre-registration is required for the Oct. 23 trunk-or-treat event, which will be held at Sage Park from 6 to 8 p.m. It is intended for only those from Berlin, preschool-aged up to the fifth grade. The drive-thru trunk-or-treating -- which costs $4 per child -- will take place in the parking lot of the park, and those who participate will be required to stay in their vehicle as they are handed candy by the trunk creators, who will be required to wear a mask and gloves. Registration must be done by Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. through the parks and recreation page on the town’s website or by calling 860-828-7009.
The annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest will be done virtually this year, as all decorated pumpkins should be photographed, and the photo should be sent to Jen Ochoa, of the parks and recreation department, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to send in pumpkin photos is Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. Photos will be posted on Facebook on Oct. 27, and voting will take place until Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. The winner will be announced that afternoon.
The Halloween fun doesn’t end there, as DARE officers in Berlin will hold their own trunk-or-treat event on Oct. 31 at McGee Middle School, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Officer Lagueux at email@example.com.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.