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Exclusive: A First Look: Trunk Or Treat 2017

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Sep 102017

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept through Orange and surrounding communities and states causing extensive damage and threatened to cancel Halloween for hundreds of thousands of children everywhere.

Orange resident, Brad Marcus declared war on Sandy with the battle cry, “We won’t let Sandy take our candy” and with the help of Alice DiNicola organized the first ever Orange CT Trunk or Treat.

Each year the popular event grew bigger and children of all ages experience the joy of trick or treating in a safe environment.

Marcus had to bow out for personal reasons this year, leaving the event in the capable hands of his longtime co-chairman, Alice DiNicola.

Alice put a committee of experienced and willing town employees together, determined to make the 2017 Trunk or Treat a memorable event for all involved.

All of the details have not yet been released, but Orange Live is the first to let you know that Trunk or Treat will take place on the Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 28 with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 29.

How it works

Participants arrive at the fairgrounds and set up their cars (decorations, candy, etc) between 12 – 1 p.m.

Children will be let in to “trick or treat” from vehicle to vehicle from 1 – 4 p.m.

For everyone’s safety, No vehicles are allowed to leave (drive on the fairgrounds) until the event is completely over.


NOTE: Come back to Orange Live for more information as it becomes available. 


Get Ready for Trunk or Treat 2014

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Oct 162014

Trunk-or-Treat-300x122Are you ready for Trunk or Treat? We’ve been telling you about it for 3 months and now, it’s happening tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.

(Note the time changes from the earlier posting)

The town-wide event is late tomorrow afternoon at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road from 3-5 p.m. (Rain date Nov. 2).
Cars set up [decorated and filled with candy] at 3 p.m. MUST arrive NO LATER than 3:45 p.m.; at 4 p.m. the kids, dressed in costume, go from car to car to collect treats; and then at 5 p.m., prizes for best costume and best decorated trunk will be awarded.
For the safety of the children ALL participating cars MUST stay on the grounds until after the awards presentation (at 5 p.m )
A fun, safe event for all!

The town invites everyone to become a Trunk or Treat sponsor. Donations of money can be made by check to the Town of Orange with a notation for Trunk Or Treat.

Gift certificates, candy and/or prizes are appreciated and checks also may be given to Alice DiNicola (203-848-4704) or Brad Marcus (203-676-7250).

They are expecting about 800 Trunk-or-Treaters so DiNicola suggests participants get 6 extra large bags of candy per car.  “But bring what you can. We want the kids to be shlepping home a nice load,” she said.

Why Trunk Or Treat?

The Inaugural year’s impromptu Trunk Or Treat Halloween event was planned and implemented on the fly by Orange parents Brad Marcus and Alice DiNicola after Hurricane Sandy struck on October 29, 2012 threatening to destroy the traditional trick-or-treating excursion for Orange children.

With minimal advertising and a lot of love behind the idea, the duo attracted droves of participants who decorated their cars, filled them with candy and gave the kids a night to remember.

Last year’s event also was very well attended and they hope the tradition will continue to grow in this, it’s third year, and beyond. 

Originally published on: Sep 4, 2014 @ 8:54

Toddler Thanksgiving Luncheon On Friday

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Nov 152012

The Toddler Playgroup at High Plains Community Center has been busy getting ready for Thanksgiving.

The children made decorations with their handprints on Wednesday and on Friday, Nov. 16, they will have a Thanksgiving Lunch in Room 9.

Room Members (through the Park and Recreation Department program) are free, otherwise, it is open to other children for $5 each.

RSVP to Alice DiNicola today (Thursday) If you do not have her cell phone number, contact her through facebook at http://www.facebook.com/alice.dinicola

The playgroup is a wonderful new program where parents and toddlers can bond, have fun, learn social skills, listen to stories, play together and independently.

If you don’t know Alice, she is a sweet, polite, wonderful role model for your children and was the co-organizer of the town’s Trunk or Treat Halloween event.