A different kind of tailgating

First Posted: 10/28/2014

Who knows what frightful Halloween creatures were lurking at the Trunk-or-Treat 2014 on Oct. 25 at the Ransom Lions Pavilion, 3000 Main St., Ransom. Ghouls, goblins, witches’ brooms, jack-o-lanterns and candy were among the decorations local folks used to fill the trunks of their vehicles.

A mild, sunny fall day provided a scenic backdrop for a tractor pulled hay ride around the Lions club field near downtown Ransom. Light refreshments including apples, apple cider, doughnuts and doughnut holes, awaited the children and adults who attended.

The Saturday afternoon event, which was sponsored by the Ransom Lions Club and Newton-Ransom Volunteer Fire Company, provided kids with an opportunity to come dressed in costume and enjoy a safe Halloween.

Dennis Macheska of the Ransom Lions Club explained the trunk or treat concept as “People pull in and decorate their trunks and everybody has a safe trick or treat for the kids. It’s safety for the kids.”

“This is our first time trying it and if it goes well we’ll be doing it every year,” he said. “It’s a lot safer for the kids to get the candy here. It benefits everybody. It’s for everybody.”

Members of the fire company provided candy and the hay wagon and tractor, according to Francine Fawcett, Newton-Ransom Volunteer Fire Company president. Eight members of the fire company were on hand to help.

“It’s great to see the community come together to do things like this for the kids. It makes things safer,” said Fawcett. She also noted, “We (the fire company) are not just about trying to raise money. We’re out here for the community and this is a good way for us to get our name out there…This gives people an opportunity to ask us questions. They can ask us about joining or donating their time or anything…It’s the fire company wanting to show our appreciation to the community.”

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