It was Halloween with a twist in Portland, with many participants practicing safety protocols because of the pandemic.
The City of Portland had the annual Trick or Treat in the Park with over 1,200 children coming to the park to gather treats. Over 25 cars set up to give away candy. This year city workers prepared a giant spider where children had their pictures taken. The event started earlier this year beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m.
Park Director Jamie White said, “It was the largest turnout we have had. Weather was great on a Saturday and (it) was held earlier this year than in the past.”
Mayor Mike Callis said, “It was a wonderful community event; and the city employees, chamber, and vendors did a great job.”
But Halloween was not just in Richland Park. Hands of Hope had hundreds of children come by for treats. Hank and Amy Creekmore with The Freedom Bird Memorial gave away hot dogs and hamburgers to over 500 people. The ladies who volunteer regularly with Hands of Hope showed up to help with the event.
Director Karen Cole said, “It was just amazing.”
Portland Church of Christ held a Truck or Treat event on its campus. Over 20 trucks were set up with all kinds of themes. The Chuck Thornton family invited everyone into the Thornton Caves as they were dressed as a caveman family. Other families dressed as children storybook characters including Christmas characters.
Emma Lanier Montandon said, “The weather was perfect and Trick or Treat went off flawlessly. We gave sweets to several hundred children. Santa and Mrs. Claus even made an appearance.”
Portland Tennessee Flea Market celebrated all day with vendors dressed up in Halloween costumes. A costume contest was held during the day with many children participating. Food vendors were set up as well, along with WQKR doing a live remote.
Some children chose to do the traditional house to house Trick or Treating and went around to neighboring houses to collect candy. Some neighborhoods had almost 700 children come to their doors, while Willow Lake residents were excited that there were young children living in the neighborhood again and celebrated around 25 youngsters and parents dressed in costumes doing the traditional door to door trick or treating.