GREEN Hundreds of children with their parents lined up Saturday afternoon to take part in the annual trick or treat trail.
This year the event was held in the newly constructed Central Park - instead of Boettler Park - due to the Federal League cross country championship. With sunny skies and warm temperatures, there was nothing scary about the weather.
Throughout the park, 54 tables were set up - which consisted of politicians and business owners - for children to stop at and obtain candy and learn a little about each indivudual at the tables. One of those businesses was Anthony Funeral Homes, which owner David Anthony said this is the first year he has taken part in the trick or treat trail.
"We love the community," Anthony said. "It is nice to do something fun because what we do is so serious all the time. It is nice to let our hair down."
Max Blackburn made his way through the trail in a cardboard airplane with his family. This was the first year the family attended the event.
Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer greeted children and their parents at the first table and handed out bags for children to collect their candy in. He said he has been involved with the event for several years, adding that he rode his bike from home to the park since the weather was so nice.
"It is a really nice day and I cannot recall having such a nice day in the past," Neugebauer said.
The city estimated 415 children attended the event this year. Admission to the event was a nonperishable food item, which the city collected about 12 carts of food for Green Good Neighbors.
Monroe Kolic, who is four-years-old, was dressed as a giant cake. She has been attending the event since she was two.
Neugebauer said he was really pleased with the attendance.
Green Special Events and Program Coordinator Kim Goodhart said the number of tables was about average, but there were a few more compared to last year.
She said the general consensus was that everyone liked the event being held at Central Park.
Neugebauer said he doesn’t have a preference if the event is held at Boettler Park or at Central Park. He said they both are great locations.
The city has not decided where the event will be held next year yet.