It was a Happy Halloween in the Hudson Valley

Friday night answering the door to trick-or-treaters was great, but two events really got our attention this year. They both served as alternative settings where kids didn't have to walk the road dodging traffic.  While many cars drive slowly on Halloween, the darkness of the evening can make the roadways scary for any parent. Joe Wiles of Wiles Chiropractic in Marlboro held a trunk or treat event on October 25th. It was out first time participating at such an event, and it was hugely successful. So much so that we ran out of candy! Thankfully scout troop was nearby to help us out! Check out some awesome photos from that wonderful occasion held on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Marlboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 

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October 31 at Dutchess Stadium -- 

Halloween swept in without much fanfare this year; no big storms or foot of snow.  But two things were in abundance at Dutchess Stadium this year: excitement and lots of candy.  Once again, the Renegades staff put together a great event expected to draw about a thousand participants.  The costume clad kids filled the stadium concourse starting around 4pm to get candy from many of the vendors and to see what some of them had to offer. 

TEG Federal Credit Union was the primary sponsor of the event, and had their usual table right inside the front gate.  A big attraction was the Papa John's booth, who handed out most of the 100 pizzas they brought, one slice at a time to the hungry and happy crowd.  Their manager said they would donate the unused pizzas to a local charity.  Other big attractions were the bouncy house and areas for face painting. Oh yeah, a table for donuts and apple cider was a big hit too.  Nothing says autumn like apple cider and donuts. 

A number of vendors lined the concourse to give out treats and to show some of their products.  Make A Wish Foundation was there, as were the All Sport Angels.  Others included New York Life, Serv Pro, the Rotary Club of Pawling, and Depew Energy.  Some cadets from the Engineering group at West Point also made the trip.  They made the kids work a little for their candy, routinely holding pushup contests between the cadets and a handful of kids at a time. 

Most kids seem unsure what an actual pushup is, but who better to show them proper form than our service men.  The cadets also had a number of gliders for the kids to build and practice throwing.  They also gave out kinex vehicle kits that the kids could assemble when they returned home.  Another souvenir was a notepad - which can be written on even when wet.  This reporter could use one of those! 

Not all the vendors used candy as their primary gimmick.  Smile Works of the Hudson Valley was on one corner of the concourse, while Taconic Dental was on another corner.  They gave out toothbrushes and had information as to where their offices are located, just in case that information proved useful in the near future.  Erin from Taconic Dental had this to say "Already people are calling the office because their crowns came out.  A sure sign that people are already into the Halloween candy."     

Report by George Ruger 

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