Nearly 600 Halloween tricks-or-treaters marched through Boutwells Landing’s Town Square Monday evening October 29, 2007, to the tune of Stillwater High School’s increasingly popular Pep Band. They dropped 250 pounds of donated food into containers set up by Sunrise Rotary, and garnered at least that much candy in return.

Nearly 600 Halloween tricks-or-treaters marched through Boutwells Landing’s Town Square Monday evening October 29, 2007, to the tune of Stillwater High School’s increasingly popular Pep Band. They dropped 250 pounds of donated food into containers set up by Sunrise Rotary, and garnered at least that much candy in return.

Total number of costumed kids was 568 by actual clicker-count – 200 within the first 15 minutes.

Once inside the door, they were handed sacks of goodies by Wal-Mart and empty bags by Sunrise volunteers. They were then split into two lines and filed past 100-plus Boutwells seniors seated along corridor walls, who admired their Halloween costumes and filled their sacks with more candy and goodies. 

They came from Stillwater, Lake Elmo, Bayport, Afton and all points between, making this Sixth Annual pre-Halloween one of the best ever, in the opinion of Sunrise Rotary members and Boutwells Landing staff, who co-sponsor the event. “Helping make it successful was strong support from donors,” said Ken McGinley, Sunrise president-elect, who chaired the preparation committee. He singled out Wal-Mart andStillwater Motors for their donations.

“Counting parents and grandparents who accompanied the 10-and-under kids, we estimate at least a thousand came through Boutwells main-floor corridor in slightly more than an hour,” continued McGinley. “Not bad for two nights before Halloween.” 

The 250 pounds of non-perishable food items, requested by Sunrise as donations from the Halloween’ers, will go to the St. Croix Valley Food Shelf.

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