Update: ‘Thousands’ Stream Through Limerick Park for Halloween Event
LIMERICK PA – Several weeks ago, Limerick Supervisors Tom Neafcy and Mike McCloskey promised during a township board meeting to help its Parks and Recreation Department stage a free Halloween event that McCloskey claimed “our kids deserve” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They, and dozens of local merchants and other sponsors, delivered on the promise Saturday (Oct. 31, 2020) from noon to 3 p.m. in Limerick Community Park. Costumed children, accompanied by eager and often amused parents, formed a long line on its paved trail to go trick-or-treating in the open air.
“We had almost 2,000 people come through the trunk or treat” Neafcy happily reported Sunday in a Facebook comment.
Those among the huge turnout, one that township Manager Daniel Kerr admitted he hadn’t expected, were mostly patient and pleasant as they awaited their turns to collect candy and other items. Some merchants acknowledged they weren’t prepared for the throng, either; a few sent employees scurrying to nearby stores to buy extra bags of goodies.
Parents and others accompanying the kids expressed surprise at not only the number of participants but at the quality and larger size of some of the candies offered. They marveled, too, at the variety of costumes, some of them hand-made rather than store-bought. One mother explained creating the outfits had been a stay-at-home project her three children considered fun.
Mother Nature cooperated by providing sunny skies but somewhat chillier temperatures. Everyone was required to wear a mask, and despite the number of people involved during the event many did their best to maintain social distancing.
Editor’s note: This story was updated Monday (Nov. 2, 2020) at 8:45 a.m. to update the reported crowd size and add Supervisor Neafcy’s Facebook comment.
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