STOWE – Everyone expected, and knew there would be, pieces of candy piled high in the trunks of cars parked Saturday afternoon (Oct. 26, 2013) outside the front of West Pottsgrove Elementary School on Grosstown Road. What many didn’t expect, and most couldn’t know, was how fancy the entrances to those trunks could be.
There was a castle with a working drawbridge, and a spider’s jaws draped with cobwebs, and an SUV guarded by a real policeman whose fake mustache was giving him fits (“the worst kind of wardrobe malfunction,” he grumbled with a smile). Those surprises and more were in store for the annual trunk-and-treat event sponsored by the school Parent-Teacher Organization.
Hundreds of costumed children, some adults in costume and others not, and even a fashionable dog were on site for the fun. Several PTO members made a special effort to dress for the swing of things, and Principal Terri Koehler came in costume as well … although some outsiders weren’t sure whether she was ready to go skiing or pose as a lumberjack.
Long lines snaked down the sidewalk and spilled into the driveway as students prepared to guess how many candies were in a series of jars. Others huddled in groups to compare make-up and accessories, or their rating in general ghoulishness on a scale from 1 to utterly frightful. A few worked off their sugar energy by chasing each other around the lawn.
And, sooner rather than later, the police officer secured his mustache. “Might have been a sweaty lip,” he admitted. Which was acceptable, of course; with so many scary people about, casual observers would be sweating too.
- The Post was there with not one but two photographers. Thanks to Lisa Smoyer and the Kohr Family, who also contributed photos. Did you take photos too? E-mail them to The Post at email@example.com and we’ll add them to the show!