Halloween is less than a week away, and my five-year-old is brimming with anticipation of all that…candy. Like he needs sugar to act any more crazy, bless him. I wish I had a fraction of his energy.
Over the years, Dean has dressed like a crawfish (for approximately 30 seconds before the total meltdown), Elvis Presley (still my absolute favorite), Woody the Sheriff, a fighter jet (totally came up with that on his own), and Batman. This year, he has decided to become Captain America.
Dean has a thing for super heroes. This past weekend, he was running up and down the hall with a blanket tied around his neck as a cape. Not real sure what all the commotion was coming from the front of the house, I asked him what he was doing.
With a roll of his eyes and an unsaid “duh,” he said, “I’m FLYING, Mommy.”
I had to give him strict instructions not to try and jump off something to get momentum. He has too many Sexton genes, and Lord knows we are an accident-prone people.
Considering the public service commitment made by both the Sexton and Ferguson families for years and years, I’m thinking Dean will grow up to be either a first responder (police officer or firefighter) or a politician. He was just five weeks old when he attended his first board of supervisors meetings – on the same day in two different counties.
There is nothing like celebrating Halloween in a small town. The community trunk-or-treats are such great events for kids. I have hosted a trunk at the Moore Memorial United Methodist Church’s trunk or treat, set for this Sunday at 5 p.m., for more than five years now. Of course, it is much more fun to see your own child enjoying the festivities as well.
I’ve also taken Dean to the Carrollton Baptist Church/Carrollton United Methodist Church trunk-or-treats every year, with the exception of last year. I had to put the paper together, so Keith took Dean to the festivities. They will be holding the trunk-or-treat again this year on October 31, with the Carrollton United Methodist and North Carrollton Baptist Church trunk-or-treat around the courthouse square beginning just after 5 p.m. and the Carrollton Baptist Church trunk or treat setting up closer to 6 p.m.
This year, there are two new trunk-or-treat events planned for Montgomery County.
New this year, the Kilmichael Friends of the Library and Kilmichael Baptist Church will host a community-wide trunk-or-treat on October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Kilmichael Square. There will be food, hayrides, face painting, and games to go along with the trunk-or-treating.
Also new this year, the first annual Winona Harvest Festival and Trunk-or-Treat will be held in downtown Winona, which was organized by Calbrina Woods.
Front Street will be filled with booths hosted by business and civic groups offering games, treats, and other activities for children under 13. There will be music and bounce houses and food. The festival begins at 5 p.m. and goes through 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., kids are invited to visit the trunk-or-treat, which is expected to be made up of 130 cars, along Summit Street.
And for those of you in Vaiden, the town will have its trunk or treat set up on Lee Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. To participate, cars can set up at 3:30 p.m.
Holidays are always fun in a small town, but Halloween is the best. The events are good, wholesome, family-friendly events that showcase the very best of Carroll and Montgomery counties.
Motorists, remember to keep an eye out for little ones out trick-or-treating, and keep a close eye on your little ones. If yours are anything like mine, the excitement of the day mixed with a lot of sugar can rev him up like the whirly dervish. Happy Halloween.rs. So fight!”