Princesses and pirates, characters and creatures, filled Payrow Plaza Oct. 24, the night of the Bethlehem Area Public Library’s second annual Trunk or Treat. The event was made possible by generous donors, and the enthusiastic participation of community leaders and businesses.
The weather proved generous, with just a light breeze and a clear night sky. Lines formed across the plaza as children trick or treated.
The Bethlehem Police had a squad SUV full of treats. Nearby, police horses Mason, Asa and Grey watched over the crowds. The Bookmobile and the book bike represented the library.
A Bethlehem City Fire truck sat alongside the Peeps car from Just Born. The Bethlehem Health Bureau had a table, as did the National Museum of Industrial History: The museum also brought its brilliant orange tractor Tug, who donned a pumpkin stem for his costume. Mayor Reynolds’ office also had a table. Historic Bethlehem and Bethlehem Recreation and Community Services for Children participated as well.
Following the festivities, a costume contest took place on the Library’s Facebook page. Photos of children in costume could be voted for by “liking” the photo. The top three vote getters were awarded BAPL swag.
The donors who made the event possible included Giant, Weis, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Crayola, Just Born and Keystone Food Products, as well as a couple of library staff who wished to remain anonymous.
Students from Moravian University and Freedom HS volunteered and helped with the event.
Tug, the National Museum of Industrial History's tractor ambassador, is splendid in his pumpkin costume.
Owen and Aiden Fraboni dressed as the famous Ninetendo brothers, Mario and Luigi.
Katie Rymon, education coordinator for the National Museum of Industrial History, and Anne Evans, educator and docent for the Museum. Anne (in mouse ears) drove Tug to Trunk or Treat. She explained Tug moves very slowly, and cannot be driven at night, so he would return to the museum the following morning.
Princess Harper Rymon beside Tug's greeting sign.
Bethlehem Mounted Patrol Mason, with Officer Justin Madera, Asa with Officer Mervison Lopez, and Grey with Officer Ryan Danko watched over the crowds and delighted guests who came over to pat the horses.
Theodore dressed as Bluey, and trick or treated with mom Ashley.
Evan Rymon, dressed as Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, with his sister, Harper, who dressed as a princess.
James Goins as Glam Rock Freddy from “Five Nights at Freddy's.”
Barnyard animals! Teddy, dressed as a horse, and little sister Hadley, dressed as a pig.
Sisters Nora, (Scream costume), Ruth, (Sorceress) and Jude (Unicorn) take a candy break by the Rotunda steps.
William dressed as Drift from Fortnight, trick or treat from the BPD SUV, with officers Flores and Landis.
Alyvia, dressed as a mermaid, and Valerie dressed as Rapunzel, make crafts.
PRESS PHOTOS BY LANI GOINS A view of the lines on Payrow Plaza, in front of the Bethlehem Area Public Library's main cranch on Church Street. More BAPL Trunk or Treat photos on page A11; parade photos on A12 and A13.