Adults and children wait for their turn on the hayride
Guests wait patiently for their turn on the hay ride, Oct. 26 at Doug’s Carry Out in Albany, Ohio. (Carl Blalock | WOUB)

Doug’s Carry Out hosts annual Trunk Or Treat

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ALBANY, Ohio (WOUB) – Doug’s Carry-Out hosted its third annual Trunk-Or-Treat event last night.

Doug’s Trunk-Or-Treat event calls for the community to gather and trick-or-treat out of their cars. Michael Douglas, the owner of the carry-out store, said the event started in 2020 when Albany cancelled its Trick-or-Treat.

“When I was a kid, trick or treat was the highlight,” he said, “so I got agitated and said we’re not doing that, we’re doing our own thing here.”

There are many activities that Doug’s hosts to attract guests from far and wide. Children may partake in the hayride, hop around in the bouncy house, or delve into sweet treats shared by their neighbors.

Lucy and Carter Anerino, two of the many children to come to the event, said treats from their neighbors are what they love the most.

“I got the most candy from my best friend’s parents, and they got these cornballs,” Lucy said.

This event has since grown. The first year had anywhere from 150 to 200 children, but this year had about 400.

Lauren Tedrow, a guest of Doug’s Trunk-or-Treat, said she is thrilled that her kids have something like this to look forward to. She expresses her appreciation for the uniqueness of the event, especially since it’s being put on by her small community.

“The fire department in Harrisonville was the last thing I remember this town putting together a long time ago,” she said, “so it’s nice to see something back around the town.”

Douglas said Tedrow’s comment is one of many reasons he does the event.

“I’ve had eight or 10 kids come up to me and my wife directly and say thank you, that’s all I need,” he said. “Seeing little kids have something to look forward to, that’s the whole goal.”