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Lexington County Halloween activities draw thousands eager to celebrate and enjoy the county’s high

Lexington County, SC – Tens of thousands took to the streets of Lexington County Monday night to celebrate Halloween under clear skies with perfectly mild temperatures.

Neighborhoods across the county were absolutely packed with trick-or-treaters dressed as a myriad of characters going door to door. In other instances, churches, civic organizations, and government agencies hosted the happy revelers at trunk-or-treats and other celebrations meant to keep kids and adults entertained and safe. These alternatives to traditional celebrations are held on Halloween night annually during an evening that has morphed into one of the nation’s major holidays over the past few decades.

At the Pelion Police Department, over 500 had visited their trunk or treat even before the sun went down. Cars were backed up to the town’s walking track with trunks loaded with candy. Children went trunk to trunk filing their bags with sugary goodies of all kinds.

In another area across Railroad Avenue there was a fire built in a makeshift pit and crowds gathered around to roast hotdogs on spits. The dogs were FREE and the excitement was palpable as parents were either relegated to the roasting duties or assigned the task of holding the candy bags as the children took over the job of finishing the grilling and then eating the hotdogs.

Police Chief Chris Garner said that the event has grown year after year. He and his helper planned to close at 9:00 p.m. so the children could get home, washed up, and in their beds to prepare for the school day Tuesday.

Garner had a large number of volunteers pitching in as well as several reserve officers on hand to make sure everything was safe and the night went smoothly. He credited his department’s chaplaincy program with liaising with the area’s churches to make the annual event a success.

In South Congaree, the Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church’s walking track was taken over by another trunk-or-treat event as well. There too, cars, light trucks, and even a custom motorcycle-truck hybrid was backed up to the track giving out goodies.

Pastor Gene Henderson and his wife were handing out apples to the throngs who enjoyed that event. He said the church uses the celebration to reach out to the community and to offer their guests the opportunity to be a part of the dynamic church’s programs.

Besides the candy and fruit that was handed out, visitors had the opportunity to enjoy FREE hotdogs and fresh popped popcorn at the event. Dozens of volunteers pitched in to make the food and drinks flow and to make the event the huge success that it was.

Up and down the streets of the county, cars parked along streets as the trick-or-treaters piled out to fill their bags, favorite adults in tow. The porch lights were blazing, an indicator that the homeowner at that location was well stocked and welcomed the ghouls, ghosts, goblins, and hundreds of other variations who had a lust for the candy and other sweet treats being handed out.

At the home of Lexington’s Mayor Steve McDougal, hotdogs were grilling on a coffin that had been transformed to accept charcoal and grilled meats. McDougal stayed busy greeting the throngs of neighbors and visitors while flipping the dogs to char them just so. He, his wife Jamie, his children, his sisters, their spouses, and several friends pitched in to make the gathering a huge success.

McDougal said that the celebration was indicative of what Lexington has become. He said that his neighborhood is culturally diverse as is the town in general. He pointed out that Lexington has people of various races and nationalities that have come to Lexington to be a part of the area. McDougal said while manning the grill that new residents are being welcomed into their midst and are making Lexington a more interesting place to be.

Every year, the McDougals put on the Halloween event and neighbors drop in to say hello and enjoy being a part of something wonderful. He pointed out that things are so positive in Lexington and more and more people want to be a part of the area. McDougal said, “This night is definitely a demonstration of the great quality of life that we enjoy here.”

Throughout the night, county sheriff’s deputies and municipal police officers patrolled in mass making sure that the streets were safe and secure. Children with loaded down bags and bodies dragging from fatigue called it quits about 9 p.m. and the streets began to clear.

It was a wonderful night with wonderful weather for so many in Lexington County. As we approach the Thanksgiving holidays and Christmas, people continue to understand why so many are coming to Lexington County to live, play, and work. It really is a great place and a great time for the majority of people who call this place home!

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