Nearly a thousand Duneland area children filled the streets of Chesterton
and Porter during the Duneland Chamber’s second annual Trick or Treat
Participating businesses placed orange event flyers in their windows,
signaling trick-or-treaters to stop in and score pieces of candy, stickers,
temporary tattoos, toys or other giveaways.
“It was amazing,” said Mara Wible, an employee of Chelle’s fashion boutique,
which participated in the event Friday, October 26. “We passed out more than
800 pieces of candy, and our neighbor gave out over 900 pieces before
running out. We made sure the kids only took one piece each, so there had to
be close to a thousand children at the event.”
“We were slammed,” said Merribeth Conyne of Regal Rabbit, a culinary store
located in Indian Oak Mall. “I bought so many bags of candy, and this is all
I have left,” she said, holding out a nearly-empty bowl with a half-hour
still remaining for the event, which officially ran from 4 to 6 p.m.
The following day, Duneland children and their families were given another
opportunity to celebrate Halloween during the Chamber’s Pumpkin Palooza
event – festivities marking the end of the 2012 European Market season.
Children enjoyed free hayrides and pumpkin decorating, trick or treating
with Market Merchants, and a costume contest.
“The kids really went all-out with their costumes this year,” said Allyson
Baughman, Market Manager. “We actually had to create new categories, because
we simply couldn’t stick with just one winner. This is always a bittersweet
event. On one hand, it’s a joy to see the community come out and enjoy one
last Market Saturday. But it’s also sad to think about the Market closing
down for year. Thankfully we still have our Mistletoe Market to look forward
to on December 1.”
For more information about future Duneland Chamber of Commerce events,
please call the Chamber at (219) 926-5513, or e-mail