Getting into the Halloween spirit at Highlands PAC

Costume clad movie-goers spent Halloween evening trick or treating at the Highlands Performing Arts Center, followed by a showing of of the spooky classic Hocus Pocus at Ray’s Drive Up.

After trick or treating in the parking lot of the PAC, attendees watched a Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.

The annual Halloween celebration on Main Street in Highlands was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, and Executive Director Mary Adair Trumbly thought showing a movie on Halloween would give families a chance to get into the spirit of the holiday.

“Last night was an event to give the kids a memory, a little bit of normalcy,” said Trumbly. “A chance to safely gather and to have a good time. Trick or Treating and a fun movie for the whole family.”

Marjorie Deal Christiansen pointing at a very scary Jordan Powell at the Highlands PAC on Halloween.

Children showed up dressed as dragons, princesses, storm troopers, and teenage mutant ninja turtles, and were able to trick or treat throughout the parking lot before the movie.

Trumbly said friends of the PAC volunteered their time to pass out candy because they wanted the kids to have a fun evening.

“I was pleased. I had hoped that more people would come, but it was a good turn out and everyone had fun, the main objective,” said Trumbly. “One cool thing happened that I didn’t expect or even think about…people came and decorated their cars and had their own candy to hand out to all of the Trick (Trunk) or Treaters.”

Friend of the PAC Patrick Woods passes out candy to trick or treaters on Halloween.

The PAC has recently been offering Parkin’ at the PAC at Ray’s Drive-Up, an outdoor theater showing movies on Thursdays and Fridays as a safe form of entertainment amidst COVID-19.

Trumbly said the Town has approved the drive up until N.C. Governor Roy Cooper lifts the restrictive mandates, but she hopes to repeat Halloween at the drive up next year.

The PAC will be showing ELF after the Tree Lighting this year. More details will be released soon.

To see upcoming movie schedule for Parkin’ at the PAC click HERE.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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