Those craving a good All Hallows’ Eve snack fest will not want to miss the annual “Trunk or Treat” in the Gap, slated for Oct. 31.
The popular event, hosted by Cumberland Gap officials and town folk alike, is a safe alternative to the spooky night of ghouls and goblins trekking along unfamiliar roadways as they gather sweet treats house by house.
Those with an artistic eye and hand may also indulge in the time-honored tradition of pumpkin carving during the annual Gap Pumpkin Lights contest.
The three-night event will commence on Oct. 29 with the placement of the carved pumpkins inside Festival Park. Those entering the contest must have their works of art in place by 6 p.m. that evening.
Each pumpkin must have its hole cut from the bottom to insure safe placement over a candle. Entrants must write their names and phone numbers on the back of their pumpkins.
The pieces of art will be displayed in all their lit glory from Oct. 29-31.
The owner of the pumpkin placing first will win $50 in cash and a one-hour dance party at the Pineapple Tearoom. The second place winner will receive $50.
A $25 gift certificate from the Gap Creek Coffee House will go to the person possessing the pumpkin whose carving earned third place. The fourth place winner will get to choose one from a selection of large specialty pizzas from Angelo’s in the Gap.
The Trunk or Treat will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Berkau Park.
During its October meeting, the Cumberland Gap board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved the purchase of 200 child identification kits at a cost to the town of $135.60. The kits will be distributed during Trunk or Treat.
The board discussed providing popcorn and a movie during the event, as well.