Organizers are hoping to reduce some chaos and grow a popular Dover Township Halloween event this fall.
After nearly 1,000 people turned out in October for "Trunk or Treat in the Park," organizers realized they needed a larger space than what Brookside Park on Fox Run Road offered, so they proposed moving it to a larger park.
"It was crazy, but it was a really fun event," Kristal Kennedy, director of Dover Township parks and recreation, said of last year's event.
Township supervisors Monday approved her proposal to move the Nov. 1 event to the former Midatlantic Golf Club behind the township building.
The larger open space will allow the event to be safer, offer more parking and more spooky entertainment, organizers said.
Trunk or treat is an alternative to traditional trick or treat. Children go from car trunk to car trunk to get their treats.
Many of the adults who offer treats get involved by dressing up or placing inflatable Halloween decorations around their trunks, Kennedy said.
Kennedy said the event offers people in rural areas an alternative to traditional trick or treat.
"People don't always like to drive to other people's neighborhoods," she said.
Last year, Supt. Robert Krantz from Dover Area School District participated as a judge of the best-decorated trunk, said Lisa Gerber-Eckard, president of Weigelstown Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization.
Weigelstown and Dover elementaries will pitch in this year to help promote the event in their schools, but the event is open to the community, Kennedy said.
Visitors last year patiently stood in a long line with their kids as they waited their turn, Gerber-Eckard said. It's a problem organizers hope to avoid this year.
Kennedy said 53 vehicles turned out to participate last year, and she hopes to increase the number to 90 or 100.
This year, the car trunks will be arranged in a large U-shape, Gerber-Eckard said.
The event will again include a hayride, but the field at the golf course will allow for a larger course. Organizers are hoping to find a second tractor so that two hay wagons can run at the same time.
The event will include a disc jockey to play music and put out information to help visitors find the activities they're looking for. As with last year, donations of canned food will be collected in exchange for a food item at the concession stand.