Caribou families come out in style during city’s annual Trunk or Treat

1 year ago

CARIBOU, Maine — A record number of families flocked to Caribou’s Trunk or Treat last weekend, with many getting into the Halloween spirit together with group costumes.

As the sun began setting on Saturday, thousands of costumed children and parents were already lined up past Caribou Wellness & Recreation Center. Families parked across the street at the community school and nearby businesses, eager for their share of sweet and sticky candy.

People from 28 local businesses and organizations decorated their vehicles and distributed candy throughout the evening. From a spooky graveyard to a family dressed as the gang from “Scooby Doo,” the decked-out “trunks” became the ideal places for children to fill their bags with treats.

When asked why he came to Trunk or Treat, 5-year-old Michael Divito of Caribou, dressed as a ninja, could only utter one word: “Candy.” 

His brother Camden Divito, masquerading as a dirt loader, and cousin Owen Thompson, 3, also known as “Buzz Lightyear,” quickly followed as they went from vehicle to vehicle.

“We’ve come here every time they’ve put it on and love how it’s been growing over the years,” said Michael and Camden’s mother, Nicole Divito. “It’s great not having to go from house to house.”

Many families had similar comments, Caribou Parks & Recreation Superintendent Gary Marquis said.

With the huge turnout, Marquis expected the number of families to total from 1,600 to 1,700, surpassing last year’s turnout of at least 1,400 families. 

And it wasn’t just the children having fun.

“It’s been cool to see so many adults dressed up, too,” Marquis said. “Everyone’s here to have a good time and we enjoy providing this for the community.”

First-time trunk or treaters Derek and Lindsey Dufour of Caribou brought their 15-month-old daughter Evelyn and Lindsey’s mother, Wendy Bourget. The family chose farm-themed costumes: Derek as a farmer, Lindsey a cow, Evelyn a chicken and Bourget a sheep.

“It’s been wonderful. We’ve loved seeing all the costumes and everyone has been so friendly,” Lindsey Dufour said.

CARIBOU, Maine — October 29, 2022 — Three-year-old Camden Divito (left), his cousin Owen Thompson (middle) and brother Michael Divito (right) show off their bags of candy during Caribou’s Trunk or Treat. (Melissa Lizotte | Aroostook Republican)