WILLIAMSON — Thousands of people flocked to West Williamson Thursday evening, descending upon the area in search of a fun time with the promise of sugary treats to sweeten the deal during the city’s observance of Trick or Treat.
Large crowds of people maneuvered from one side of Sunset Boulevard to the next, moving swiftly from house to house and deftly avoiding others also in search of candy. Numerous treats were given by those who live in the community, with a trick pulled here and there.
The sounds of Michael Jackson’s megahit, “Thriller,” emanated throughout the neighborhood, attracting people to the sound’s origin like monsters to a closet.
About a dozen people were dancing along with the song, shuffling back and forth, limping left and right and throwing up their zombie arms in either direction in the middle of the street. While not in perfect synchronicity, the entire choreographed spectacle was quite the sight to behold, evidenced by the number of people circled around the group of costumed dancers.
The troupe consisted of Heather McCoy, Tondra Elkins, Pat Poole, Alexis Batausa, Terry Meade, Suzanne Robinette, Pam Crum, Masha Wagner, Lynn Barker,Tonya Webb and Mary Beth Hall.
Tondra told the Daily News that the group had planned to do four performances throughout the Trick or Treat evening. She said that they practiced “for about a day,” and came up with the idea to perform as a flash mob and put it on Facebook to let the community know.
“We went from there,” she said.
If multiple dancing zombies dressed as a variety of creatures weren’t ones forte, the Williamson Field House was once again the site of the annual Kiwanis Halloween party, a free event that entertained a plethora of ghosts, ghouls, princesses, fairies, vampires, bumblebees, superheroes and more.
A variety of games were available inside the Field House, like a football and ring toss, a macabre spin on basketball called casketball and more.
Both events had a successful turnout despite Hurricane Sandy’s best efforts to ruin Trick or Treat, which delayed the festivities for two days.
According to Williamson Chief of Police C.D. Rockel, there were “no issues for the most part,” saying it was “pretty good,” as far as mischief was concerned, a deviation from the typical Halloween stereotype.
“That generation grew up,” Rockel said.
The only problem that the chief heard about was an issue with parking, but Mayor Darrin McCormick was quick to note that it wasn’t so bad.
“Parking issues are a good problem to have.”