BANGOR – Halloween came a little early at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building on Thursday.
Kids came out in their spookiest costumes, lined up to play games, and did some indoor trick-or-treating.
The free and family friendly event has been around for more than ten years.
“It’s a place they know they can come every year,” said Tim Baude, the recreation programmer for Bangor Parks & Rec, “and they’re not out on the streets, and it’s a safe place for them to trick-or-treat and have some fun while doing it.”
More than 60 volunteers helped run the carnival the night of the event. Many of the game tables were manned by Brewer High School students.
“They love it, they look forward to it,” said Anthony Campbell, the Air Force Junior ROTC Director for Brewer High School. “It’s just one of the things that we enjoy doing for the community.”
Some of the biggest hits for the night were the tables with the best candy prizes, and of course, the “haunted chamber” downstairs.
Event organizers said the haunted chamber gets scarier every year, and has something different lurking around every corner.
While opinions were mixed on just how scary the haunted chamber was, many kids told our news team it was their favorite part of the night.
“It was a little weird when the people were just grabbing you and stuff,” said Anthony Godfrey,11.
“It wasn’t too scary, but it was still really fun,” said one group of kids. “There were a lot of jump scares.”
The children who attended said it was great to have some fun ahead of the actual holiday.
“I think it’s really nice that they come and do this for all the kids and all their families,” said Lydia Drisko.
Parks and Recreation staff said they had about 1,000 come through for last year’s Halloween event. They were hoping to have more people than that this year. And staff are already planning next year’s carnival.