By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Layton Rothshank opened the lid of the mailbox that covered his face and said, “Trick-or-treat.”
The 3-year-old participated in the downtown Goshen Trick-or Treat event Wednesday afternoon with his mother, Brooke Rothshank, of Goshen, and had made his costume for Halloween.
“I asked him what he wanted to be and he said a mailbox,” Rothshank said.
Layton had three pieces of candy in his plastic pumpkin after the pair began their trek of trick-or-treating from store to store at about 3 p.m.
“We love it and it’s early in the day,” Rothshank said. “It’s fun and we get to see everybody else’s costumes.”
The annual downtown merchant Trick-or-treating event is organized by the Goshen Chamber of Commerce.
There were pirates, Spider-Man, Batman, Buzz Lightyear, goblins, an owl, Elmo, Big Bird and even a caterpillar walking down the sidewalks during the event. Some parents dressed up as well as their children.
Lora Berry, manager of Jules Boutique, dressed as Batwoman and sat at a table outside the store to pass out candy. She shivered from the cold wind and fine misty rain.
“I just wish the weather would cooperate,” Berry said. She’s participated in the event for two years and likes providing a safe avenue for children.
“The kids love it,” she said and her favorite outfit was “a little” Willy Wonka, worn by Phoenix Khamsoarivong, 5.
Four-year-old Toby Huston rushed ahead of his mother, Sandy Huston, of Goshen, in his haste to get more candy. He dressed as a Dalmatian with a black dot on his nose.
Huston said she likes coming downtown to trick-or-treat because it provides an opportunity for her to go inside businesses that she’s never been in before.
“It’s great, promotes goodwill and the kids are excited,” Huston said. “How can you not get excited as well?”
They stepped inside the Goshen Historical Museum and were surprised to see a large cauldron with candy.
Ursula Mars, vice president of the Goshen Historical Society’s board of directors, smiled at the reaction of visitors.
“People are very impressed because it’s full of candy,” Mars said. “We’ve used the cauldron for five or six years.”
Lisa Wood, 12, of Goshen, dressed as the Mad Hatter and thanked Leah Hill, an employee of Lake City Bank, for her treat.
It’s the first year for Hill handing out candy and she said it wasn’t bad despite the cold.
“The kids seem to enjoy it,” Hill said.
And 2 1/2-year-old Caroline Drake, dressed as a monkey, couldn’t wait to go trick-or-treating, her mother, Abby Drake said.
“She was dressed a half-hour before we left and said, ‘Let’s go to the jungle,” Drake said, laughing. “She was ready to get out and walk around. She’s been having a lot of fun.”