Kids — and adults — enjoyed an early Halloween on Monday evening.

The 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry headquarters on Fort Hood was the site of a Trunk or Treat which was co-sponsored by the squadron, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment and 15th Brigade Support Battalion.

Along one row of the parking lot, some vehicles had their trunks decorated, or had set up games with prizes. Candy and other treats were handed out as the trick-or-treaters passed.

A chance to decorate pumpkin-shaped cookies was also part of the festivities, using various flavors of frosting and candy corn.

Children and adults came in costumes, which ranged from store bought to highly original. Gypsies and witches were also in abundance, as were superheroes.

Darci Kerchee wore a cardboard box painted white, with a long white paper beard and an Asian-style woven straw hat. “I’m a character from Ninjago,” she said, referring to the recently released movie.

Her daughter, Breanna, 6, was also dressed as a character from that film, while her son, Brantley, 10, came as a soldier.

Army Chaplain Jay Hudson wore a brown robe as Martin Luther and stood in front of a backdrop symbolizing the German church where the Protestant reformation began in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

“Why not celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary?” Hudson said.

Staff Sgt. Courtney Robinson was wrapped head-to-toe in strips of cloth as a mummy, offering children candy from the rear of his pick-up truck.

Pumpkins had been set up for a ring toss, with children attempting to throw the colorful rings onto the pumpkin stems.

A bowling game, where the pins were plastic bottles made to look like ghosts, offered youngsters another chance to win small prizes and more candy.

It wasn’t uncommon to see adults sneaking a bit of candy from their children’s plastic buckets, as everyone got into the Halloween spirit.

jferraro@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7568

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