Above left, Hannah Williams, the Director of Marketing and Social Media for the Asheboro Copperheads, prepares to give out candy to the thousands of children who attended the Asheboro Cultural & Recreational Service’s Trick or Treat event at McCrary Park on Nov. 7. Above right, kids were greeted by a scary hearse when first arriving. [Photos by Keith Ritsche/The Asheboro Copperheads]
ASHEBORO – The Asheboro Coipperheads were one of many businesses which took part in the Asheboro Cultural & Recreational Service’s Trick or Treat event held Thursday, Nov. 7, at McCrary Park.
Thousands of ghosts, goblins, princesses, pirates, super heroes, television characters and more worked their way around the infield and received plenty of Halloween goodies, including small toys, bookmarks and, of course, a wide variety of candy.
The Copperheads purchased more than 3,500 pieces of candy for the event with the city of Asheboro providing an additional 2,000 pieces for each business. Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services Assistant Director Jody Maness said the city purchased 225,000 pieces of candy overall and distruted them to the businesses on hand to give out.
Kids began lining up at the park at 5:15 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. start time. Because of the high volume of kids attending, the event started early and the park quickly filled up with zombies, a variety of cute and cuddly animals, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and life-size M&Ms. Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson showed up and entertained the kids and took pictures..
The line was incredibly long as it stretched from the gate inside the stadium next to the grandstand, out the stadium and all the way down to the wooded area at the back end of the parking lot.
“It was a massive crowd,” Maness said. “For such short notice, it couldn’t have gone any better.”
Fang, the Asheboro Copperheads’ mascot, was on hand to take pictures with and high-five those in attendance and he spent some time in the parking lot entertaining kids who were waiting in line to get in.
The event was origianlly scheduled for Oct. 31, at Bicentennial Park, but poor weather forced the postponement until Nov. 7 and with the time change having already taken effect, it was decided the event would be held at a well-lit McCrary Park.
Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley were on hand. GM Dennis Garcia and his wife Kellie.
It was a wonderful night and even a rainstorm that hit the area midway through didn’t stop the throngs of kids from enjoying the night.
“The location really helped when it started raining because there was no mud,” Maness said of McCrary Park, which has an artifical infield. “Cudos to everyone. This is a multi-departmental event every year and everyone pitched in to make this happen.”