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What a treat!

It’s easy to get nostalgic thinking about Halloween nights of yesteryear, walking around your neighborhood after dark with your friends, decked out in your costume and collecting candy.

But kids today still have that, plus a relatively new tradition in Trunk or Treat.

More candy? Bring it on.

Deptford began its Halloween celebration on Thursday night (Oct. 25) at the township’s Recreation Center. Hundreds of kids and their parents paraded through the parking lot with festive music playing through a deejay’s speakers.

“I think it’s awesome,” Jeff Hartley said. “And it’s safer to do it this way, it’s all organized. You have people here taking time from their day to do it. It’s awesome, to get all these people together meeting up at one spot.”

Hartley came with his wife, Erika, and their toddler Giovanni. The little guy may have had the best costume of the night, going as Chucky from “Child’s Play.”

“That’s him,” Hartley said with a laugh. “He’s awesome. But he’s definitely in his terrible twos. My wife saw the outfit and he just has the physique for it. So she hemmed it up.”

From left to right, Connor Hagerman, Eric and Jack Sherwin, and Cameron Ridgway ready to enter Deptford’s Trunk or Treat event at the Township’s Recreation Center. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)

Tam Burns’ 7-year-old son, Connor Hagerman, couldn’t make up his mind. He wanted to be either Doc Brown from “Back to the Future” or Dr. Peter Venkman from “Ghostbusters.”

“He’s a big ‘80s kid,” Burns said. “He loves ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Darkwing Duck,’ ‘Ducktales.’ So he came to me and he said, ‘Mommy, I want to be Doc Brown from Back to the Future.’ So I said OK. Then he said he wanted to be Venkman from Ghostbusters. So the night before we were going to the Party Store and it was back to Doc Brown. So I went and got him the wig. The outfit is a painter’s outfit from Lowes. I hand painted on the radiation symbols. And printed out some stuff online.”

There were even some four-legged trick-or-treaters. Arkham, a rescue dog, was decked out in his “Cat in the Hat” costume with his owner, Amanda Crouse, and Crouse’s daughter, Piper. Arkham and Piper went as Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Amanda Crouse hangs out with her rescue dog, Arkham, who is dressed as Thing 1, while her daughter, Piper, is dressed as Thing 2. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)

“It’s awesome, it’s a fun event and it’s safe,” Crouse said. “It’s great. And you’ve got good weather. And if it’s not nice weather, they can postpone it. If Halloween sucks and it’s rained out, you’re good to go.”

A few dozen local businesses filled the parking lot with their vehicles, supplying both the “trunks” and the “treats” for the night’s attendees.

“It’s pretty neat, getting to see everybody, and all of the local businesses get together, we pretty much all know each other,” said Ted Kelly of Desert Dry Water Proofing. “And all of the kids are safe trick or treating.”

James Cosgrove with three-year-old Patrick Cosgrove and four-year-old Joanna Eichenberg at Deptford’s Trunk or Treat event. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Kathy Wilke of Compass Self Storage, among the area businesses taking part in Trunk or Treat, gives a treat to two-year-old James Francois.(RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Aleeya and Gabriel Jones having fun with Xavier and Donatello Hicks on Trunk or Treat night.(RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Baby Shark Gage Davies (15 months old) gets ready to collect some treats with “Grandma Shark” Debbie Dukes enjoying Trunk or Treat night, too. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Deptford Township police officers were among business in the town handing out candy at Trunk or Treat. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Rocky and Jackie Barji of Yogi’s Quick Shop, among the businesses that participated in Trunk or Treat Night, show off their trunk and treats. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Charles Walker poses with his sons Jordan and Alex during Trunk or Treat night in Deptford. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Sisters Ava and Olive Jacurak take a break from fetching treats to show off their matching costumes on Trunk or Treat night. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Ted Kelly, who runs Desert Dry Waterproofing, was among the area businesses handing out candy on Trunk or Treat night. He took a break to pose with his kids, Alexa, T.J., and Liam. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Danielle Patterson having a blast at Trunk or Treat night with her kids, Declan and Dayleigh. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Nathan Castillo of Unos Pizzeria, a business that took part in Trunk or Treat, showing off his Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) costume and decorations. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Charlotte and Ella Ciesla and their parents, Kim and Brian, wait for treats as Chris Allen and Phoenix the Skunk continue on during Trunk or Treat night. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
Chris Allen and her son Phoenix, who makes a cute little skunk, enjoying Trunk or Treat night. (RYAN LAWRENCE, The Sun)
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