SWANSEA — Town Administrator Mallory Aronstein, Swansea Recreation Commission Chair Christine Cestodio and Swansea Free Public Library Director Eileen Dyer are pleased to share that the Swansea community hosted numerous events this past weekend in celebration of the upcoming Halloween holiday.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Town of Swansea celebrated Halloween early with numerous events throughout town for families to enjoy. The day of festivities began with the Swansea Free Public Library’s (SFPL) Friends of the Library book sale in the morning. All funds from the book sale will be used to support and fund additional programming and supplies for the SFPL.
Following the book sale, families and their costume-clad children joined the library for lawn games, a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt, a spooky storytime and a photo booth with the library zombies. At the library, families also had the opportunity to vote in the library’s pumpkin carving contest. Michael Thompson was named the winner of the adult pumpkin carving competition and Jude Gassaway was named the youth pumpkin carving competition winner.
Later in the day, the Swansea Recreation Commission hosted a Trunk-or-Treat event with numerous community partners at the Joseph Case High School. The Swansea Recreation commission partnered with Swansea Police and Fire, the SFPL, Case High School Drama Club Boosters, National Honor Society and Junior National Honor Society.
“I would like to thank all community partners who decorated their vehicles and helped ensure that this event went off without a hitch, especially Swansea Recreation Commission vice-chair Amy Hubbard, coordinator Jen Comishey and my daughter Breonna,” Cestodio said.
The Trunk-or-Treat event had 37 cars decorated including a police car, two fire engines and a craft van from the SFPL. Town Administrator Aronstein, the National Honor Society and Boosters also decorated cars for the event. Each car gave out either candy, small toys or balloons.
Throughout the Trunk-or-Treat event, Matt Beane from Swansea’s Parks Department also provided hayrides every 20 minutes to transport patrons from the Swansea Memorial Park to the high school. The celebration ended with an outside screening of “Hocus Pocus” played by Case High Theater Company Director Neil Jeronimo.
In total, approximately 350 people from the Swansea community and beyond attended Swansea’s Halloween celebration.
“The Town’s Halloween celebration was a spectacular kick-off to the upcoming Halloween holiday,” Town Administrator Aronstein said. “At the event, everyone showed off their Halloween spirit with their decorated cars and participated in all the fun events that the Swansea Recreation Commission and Swansea Free Public Library meticulously planned. We look forward to participating in this event in the coming years.”