Costume-clad community has a blast at Goblins on the Green

Goblins on the Green kicked it up a notch this year with local businesses and organizations handing out candy to costumed kids not only in The Village Green’s parking lot, but also in the Common’s Lawn.

The Commons Lawn was packed with trick or treaters during Goblins on the Green in Cashiers.

The Village Green Executive Director Ashlie Mitchell-Lanning said COVID was a factor in last year’s planning, and they didn’t have the help of Shelby Batchelor, the Green’s new full-time Community Event & Volunteer Coordinator, Shelby Batchelorat.

“Last year, with COVID precautions still in mind, we were able to pull together a Trunk or Treat pretty quickly,” said Lanning. “This year, with Shelby Batchelorat the helm, we were able to have organizations decorating their trunks AND businesses and organizations on both wings surrounding the Common’s Lawn.”

Witches from Hocus Pocus, and a big shoutout to the witch on the left for striking a pose.

Participating organizations and businesses include Glenville Cashiers Rescue Squad, Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, Vision Cashiers, Albert Carlton Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Crossroad’s Custard, Rusticks, Cashiers Valley Chorus, and Church of The Good Shepherd.

Mario and Luigi family

Gray skies were a concern, but that didn’t stop the Green from filling up with jedi, princesses, superheroes, witches, skunks, video game characters and always a classic, The Wizard of Oz.

A Wizard of Oz family was one of several award winners at Goblins on the Green. The awards were given out for costumes in variety categories by The Green’s Executive Director Ashlie Mitchell-Lanning (pictured far left).

“I think the turnout was spectacular,” said Lanning. “We absolutely love being able to work with other nonprofits and businesses in Cashiers so their presence can be felt and appreciated within the community and our community members can have fun, free things to do.”

Lanning said the 2023 schedule of events will be soon posted on The Village Green’s website HERE.

Another award winner for her ice cream sundae costume.

From left are a ninja, gladiator, princess, bear maybe, and a leopard.

The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library was one of several organizations handing out candy at Goblins on the Green.

From left are an astronaut and a Jedi.

From left are dragon and Maleficent.

Family of skunks.

The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust was handing out candy and educating trick or treaters. Pictured above is a child dressed as a skunk that gets to check out a skunk pelt.

From left are princess and police officer.

Pokémon maybe…

The Iron Man vs Jedi question is finally settled, light saber for the win.

Pretty much sums up what kids thought of Goblins on the Green 2022. Pictured above is a duck.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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