Trunk or Treat

Costumed kids throughout Berkshire County still can get their favorite candy this Halloween, thanks to a COVID-safe alternative to the traditional trick or treat.

Carr Hardware has teamed with The Berkshire Eagle to dole out 35,000 pieces of sweet, chewy, gooey goodies next week during a Trunk or Treat event at four of Carr’s locations. Families can drive up to the stores in Great Barrington, Lenox, Pittsfield and North Adams from 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, and volunteers will place a bag of treats in each trunk or hatchback. The Lee store is not participating so it does not compete with the town’s own trunk or treat that evening.

The first 50 vehicles at each site will receive a free pumpkin courtesy of Whitney’s Farm Market & Garden Center in Cheshire. Lee Bank, Animal Inn and Berkshire Dog, both in Pittsfield, also are sponsoring the event.

“Our job is to make this event as fun and healthy as possible,” Carr Hardware President Bart Raser said. “Hopefully, we won’t run out of candy.”

Eagle Advertising Sales Director Kate Teutsch praised the local businesses for keeping the spirit of Halloween alive for the youngsters.

“I think it’s safe to say that everyone really just wants to create some fun for our community children and we are excited to adapt to what’s happening in the world so we can do exactly that,” she said.

Raser’s favorite candy bar?

”I’m a Milky Way guy,” he said. “I love the caramel; I’m a caramel guy.”

Along with the treats, volunteers will hand out a card with information on participating in any one of three contests, which will run from Oct. 30 through Nov. 7:

• Best costume ($50 Visa gift card)

• Best decorated or carved pumpkin ($50 Visa gift card)

• Best pet costume (Prizes awarded from Berkshire Dog and Animal Inn)

Entries can be found at berkshireeagle.com/trunkortreat.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com