Saturday the 28th of November was the 2017 Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration at Tall Timbers Park. As they’ve done for 11 years, Chamber members hosted this fun event with help from the community, many of whom dress up in character and bring lots of candy to give away in their decorated vehicles. There were more people this year than I ever remember. The parking lot was full and they were parking along the forest roads. According to Tiffani Martineau, they served 1100 hot dogs and 50 gallons of chili!
The first candy “station” was Black Mesa Ranger Station’s little walk-through haunted tent. Smokie was there along with some firefighters and other employees to give out candy. The crowds lined up to begin there and the lines filed by the parked cars where the kids filled their bags with lots and lots of goodies.
There was a scary haunted house for the older kids, a cake walk and of course a free dinner of jumbo hot dogs with toppings, chili, hot chocolate, and water.
There were plenty of marvelous costumes worn by both children and adults.
Kay and Alan Roberts were there representing Mogollon Air Park. Dressed as really cute scarecrows they gave out over 500 bags of candy, three in each bag, that they put together. It was about 53 pounds of candy. Per Kay, “We also gave another 18 pounds of hand fulls.”
The Navajo-Apache-Gila Oral Health Coalition partnered up with the Ponderosa Lions Club. They gave out ‘Smile Bags’ donated by Delta Dental. So, after a wonderful night of eating all the candy everyone hopefully brushed before bedtime!
Thanks to all of the volunteers and everyone who donated candy, food and supplies to make such a fun event possible for our mountain community.