Staff at Westwood Unified dress as characters from the movie Trolls. They are from left to right Connie Theobald as Princess Poppy, Lana Beal as DJ Suki, Krissy House as Grandma Rosiepuff, Trena Smith as Harper and Rhea Androy as Mandy Sparkledust. Photo by Becca Nelson

Westwood residents celebrate Halloween

Raymond Wyckoff stacked 14 plastic cups in a tower structure reaching up toward the ceiling of the gym at the former Fletcher Walker Elementary school site where the Halloween Carnival was held Saturday, Oct. 26. It was one of 13 games children could play at the annual event sponsored by the Westwood Unified Parent Teacher Student Association.

Raymond Wyckoff stacks plastic cups during the Halloween Carnival sponsored by the Westwood Unified Parent Teacher Student Association. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson
A merchant dressed as a “buffalo” hands out treats on the porch of Buffalo Chips Pizza during Trunk or Treat in downtown Westwood. Photo by Terry Johnson

They received candy for their victory in each game except for the cake walk at which they received baked goods for landing on the winning square when music stopped. For an additional cost, they could enter the haunted house sponsored by Westwood High FFA.

The Halloween Carnival launched the celebration of Halloween in Westwood. On Oct. 31 students attending Fletcher Walker Elementary paraded their costumes in the gym and even staff dressed up.

That evening, Trick or Treaters gathered candy in downtown Westwood on Birch Street at a Trunk or Treat event sponsored by the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to community members and organizations handing out candy from the decorated trunks of their car, businesses on Birch Street participated. Women from the Warm Hands, Warm Heart Ministry at Calvary Chapel Westwood, organized by Kippy Mayne, gave out winter hats and mittens to children.

Prizes for the best decorated trunk were given by the Westwood Chamber. The first place winner was Nicki Moroney who received a gift certificate to Buffalo Chips Pizza. The second place winner was Susan Barton who received a gift certificate for a pie from The Old Mill Café.

The Westwood Chamber of Commerce began to host Trunk or Treat several years ago in order to provide a safe place for children to trick or treat.