2020 doesn’t cancel Halloween fun

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 31, 2020

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LAPLACE — Cars formed a long line stretching more than a mile down U.S. 51 Thursday evening during the first St. John the Baptist Parish drive-thru Trunk-or-Treat.

A full moon hung overhead in the sunset sky as representatives from St. John Parish government, the St. John Sheriff’s Office and the St. John Fire Department handed out candy to children deserving of a little fun during a difficult year.

Sheriff’s Office representatives dressed up in superhero attire that has previously been featured in annual Night Out Against Crime parties, which were not able to take place this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

All candy handed out at the Trunk-or-Treat was prepackaged to ensure a safe celebration for all.

Decorated cars featured spider webs, hanging ghosts, monster faces and more. One set-up included a “story laboratory” with lights, candles and potions.

Fall-themed fun extended beyond the Trunk-or-Treat. On Oct. 25, St. John Parish residents Jared Borne and Genice Stipe hosted the first pumpkin patch on the West Bank. Organizers acquired approximately 300 pumpkins for children to pick on the Borne Homestead, which also served as a callback to the legacy of Borne’s grandparents who gave back to the community through farming.

Hayrides, Halloween cookie decorating, sweet treats and farm animals were also on site to entertain families. Borne and Stipe look forward to making the Borne Homestead Pumpkin Patch an annual event.

“Spiderman,” “Superman” and “Superwoman” hand out candy to families during this week’s drive-thru Trunk-or-Treat.

St. John Parish firefighters get in on the Trunk-or-Treat fun.

Community members of all ages hold up pumpkins and enjoy a fun-filled hayride.

Young girls hold up their Halloween bags and receive pre-packaged candy.

Ladies from the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office show off their superhero attire.