BUCKHANNON — The town was buzzing with pre-Halloween festivities Wednesday night, as the City of Buckhannon and the Upshur County Family Resource Network teamed up to host the fourth annual Trunk or Treat at the Public Safety Complex. The wide-open outdoor venue seemed like a fitting place for so many families to bring their children out to enjoy a safe evening of getting candy and dressing up as their favorite characters.
Eight-year-old Landon Wright dressed up as a dinosaur because he wanted to be something different this year. Wright said his favorite thing about attending Trunk or Treat was, “Seeing the police officers and them giving me candy.” Faith Auvil, B-UHS student and part-time employee of Stockert Youth and Community Center, was handing out candy with her friend Abby Ware. “Seeing the costumes and the kids smiling faces,” was the best part of the night according to Auvil. Ware confirmed, “Definitely, the costumes were the best part.”
Sgt. Tom Posey of the Buckhannon Police Department reported that 693 kids had come through his line as of 7:30 p.m. Posey stated, “Last year they had over 700 kids come through.” Several local businesses were set up, along with county fire departments and the Buckhannon Fire Department, to hand out candy to the children. Right Way Heating and Plumbing, Lowe’s, BC Bank and SYCC were some of the names seen set up at the Safety Complex.
Cpl. Darin Hissam of the Buckhannon Police Department was credited with the original idea to host a community Trunk or Treat. Hissam reported, “It’s the fourth year for the event and I thought it would be a good thing to do because it is something safe for the kids, so they are not out walking all over the place. It’s a good alternative and allows the kids to meet us.”
Jewel Fisher of the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) explained, “The Buckhannon Police Department partnered with the Family Resource Network for the Trunk or Treat effort. We had a little over 700 last year and will probably be over 700 this year. This is a safe thing for the kids.” A huge community “thank you” to Hissam for developing the idea and to all those who participated in providing a safe and fun event for the youth of Upshur County.