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Kids Get Their Chance to Trick-or-Treat

There's no denying the engaging power of Facebook, helping spread the word of a "howlingly" successful Trick-or-Trunk event

The post read, "There will be a small group of residents in the overflow lot at Tolland Big Y Saturday, between 4:00 and 6:00 for TRUNK OR TREAT. Bring some candy, your kids in costume, and they can trick or treat from car to car. Should be a good time. The manager at the Big Y says they have plenty of candy on sale as well."

In the midst of Nor'easter power outages and clean-up operations, George Laws of Tolland thought it would be a a nice idea to get a few folks together to help celebrate a belated Halloween in a safe location. To his delight, his post on Facebook to the Town of Tolland's wall sparked the interest of not just a few, but many folks, who came out with decorated vehicles and decked in costumes.

George and his wife Jen said the idea spread through word of mouth, even reaching a Facebooker in Vernon. Brenda Falusi heard about the idea on Facebook from the Vernon friend, Christine Brouillard, discovering that the oranizers lived right behind her. Karen Moran heard about it on Facebook from Sam Wesley, then put it on her own page to spread the word. Word kept traveling, and in the end, approximately 50 vehicles arrived, creating a festive scene and fond memories for all who participated.

Karen Moran November 06, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Thank you to the Laws family for organizing this spur of the moment event! It was a happy time for all that attended....one of the few uplifting moments during this aweful week of power outage in our town. A fine example of a community sticking together!
Katrin November 06, 2011 at 09:07 PM
I wish it had been publicized a bit more -- by an announcement on Patch, for example. Not everyone is on facebook. My kids would have loved to participate, had we known about it. Nice idea, and some fun pictures!
Chris November 06, 2011 at 11:25 PM
Thank You so much the Schultz family had a blast!
Heather November 07, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Looks like those who knew about it had a blast. The article title would have been more appropriate had it read "Some kids get their change to trick or treat". I know my kids didn't, and that is really too bad. Like Katrin, I wish it had been better publicized, although it wasn't a "town" event. I do have a Facebook account, but until today (Monday 11/7) at 12:30 had no power or internet or land-line phone, and SURPRISE not every family with kids in Tolland has smart phones with which to read posts on Facebook. I guess with the exception of the superintendent's calls, the "phone tree" has died a quiet death without anyone noticing. Really too bad we couldn't have managed to arrange for everyone who wanted to trick or treat the opportunity as a town.
Jennifer Snider Grover November 08, 2011 at 01:50 PM
I'm sorry that not everyone got to Trunk or Treat as this event, but you do need to remember that this was one family who set this up spur of the moment. As one of their friends I tried to help spread news about this event via facebook and word of mouth. We are residents just like you and were just trying to make the best of an already bad situation. I really don't understand why everyone needs to get angry at a fellow resident who wanted to do something nice just because they didn't manage to publicize it enough or in a way that suited you. They did the best they could. We all did the best we could. Celebrate the fact that residents do care and tried to make a difference. Oh and I don't have a smart phone either.
Katrin November 08, 2011 at 02:29 PM
"I really don't understand why everyone needs to get angry at a fellow resident who wanted to do something nice" I don't really see 'everyone' getting angry here. It was a nice idea, and I'm glad the participants had fun. However, when you organize an event in a central semi-public location like the Big Y lot, those of us who didn't happen to be on the right communication channels (word of mouth, and facebook) can't help feeling a bit left out. It's not a big deal, but that's simply the predictable result if you organize a private event in a public location.
Jayme Kunze November 08, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Hi, everyone. It certainly would have been a great announcement on Patch, and I will keep that in mind for future events. I'm sad to hear that kids missed out on the fun. I think it just got lost in the chaos of power outages and election preparation, but I will make sure to pursue announcements of these kinds of events in the future.
Jennifer Snider Grover November 08, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Last thing I'm saying then I'm done. The family got permission fro Big Y November 3rd, the event was November 5th. I just didn't like that something that was meant to be nice seemed to be taking a different route in what was supposed to be a feel good article/ event when so many were not having a good time w/o power. Again, everyone tried their best. Karin I understand you comment and you were nice about it, but the next persons comment was feeling more attack-like. I felt the need to speak up for my friends.
Heather November 08, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Jennifer, no attacks here, just disappointment that as a town we couldn't manage to put together anything for trick-or-treating due to the fact that the power outage went on for so long. Just think of the stories our kids will tell their kids of "The year Halloween got cancelled". The school phone contact list is great - we couldn't have known what was going on without it, but we did have 1 family in our neighborhood, NOT schooled in Tolland that went out on Halloween - as they didn't get the phone call asking people to be mindful fo the downed power lines etc. I was thinking (had the power not been out for so long) of suggesting something similar at the HS, but as it turned out the town officials had a much bigger job to do than worry about re-scheduling trick-or-treating.
Jennifer Laws November 09, 2011 at 04:35 AM
I am so sorry for anyone that didn't get to partake in the trunk or treat. It truly was a last ditch effort for our children and any and all that we could get word to, to have something fun come out of this mess. The best scenario would have been being able to get ahold of a contact list, but that was near impossible. It wouldn't be a bad idea to plan something similar next year as it was alot of fun and safe as well! With planning time this could become a regular town event. But, overall I was overjoyed with the turnout and so happy to have been a part of something that brought a little bit of sunshine into the horrible time we were all experiencing in the aftermath of the storm.

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