Old Town Cape moves trunk-or-treat inside, still draws large crowd

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – This year’s Old Town Cape Monster Mash Car Bash was without the decorated cars, but that did not stop hundreds upon hundreds of trick-or-treaters from getting their fill on the day before Halloween. 

Because of a chance of rain, the event was moved inside to the Marquette Tower, which events coordinator Sydney Waters said works just as well. 

“Honestly, the Marquette Tower is the perfect place,” she said. “It’s downtown, it’s central, it’s safe, you have all the businesses around so people can go with their families and have dinner afterwards if they’d like, but really, just a place with games and candy, and you know exactly who’s providing it, I think that’s what every parent wants on Halloween.” 

Those who would normally have brought their cars and participated in a more traditional “Trunk-or-Treat” still provided all the goodies one could hope for, but it wasn’t just about candy.  

“It’s safe. You can be there with your kiddos the entire time,” Old Town Cape executive director Liz Haynes said. “We’ve got a photo booth here for your family Fall photos. We’ve got kids games, so you’re not only getting candy. You’re also getting to explore some other fun different opportunities as well.” 

And, of course, events like this one could not go off without the people behind them, and Haynes said she had some top-notch help in organizing this year’s event, especially under the circumstances. 

“Thank you to everybody who contributed to make this event possible, and thank you to the community for coming out,” she said. “It takes a village, and we have a wonderful one in our community to bring events like this to fruition.” 

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