Rural Exeter gets real spooky for kids

Rural Exeter neighborhood take local trick-or-treaters on a spooky ride through the country

By Stephanie Barraza
Special to The Sun-Gazette

Photo by Daniel Thullen.

Photo by Daniel Thullen.

EXETER – While it’s generally easier for children to trick-or-treat in suburban neighborhoods for Halloween, it’s a little bit harder for families to plan their evening in rural areas.

For a second year in a row, an Exeter neighborhood has decided to make a tradition of celebrating the ghoulish holiday in the comforts of their large ranches and country homes.

A group of neighbors in Mehrten Valley, which lies between Yokohl Valley and Lemon Cove, took 31 local trick-or-treaters on a hayride through Mehrten Drive this past Sunday, October 28. The hayride consisted of three trailers being pulled by a tractor.

“This is rather a large area. We are two miles deep and probably 2 or 3 miles wide, and there is about 19 different households that are going to be giving out candy in front of their houses,” said Brooke Mack, one of the event organizers.

One costumed milk man and his young son trick-or-treat through Mehrten Valley last Sunday when the neighborhood offered a family-friendly, yet spooky hayride. Photo by Daniel Thullen.

One costumed milk man and his young son trick-or-treat through Mehrten Valley last Sunday when the neighborhood offered a family-friendly, yet spooky hayride. Photo by Daniel Thullen.

The event started promptly at 4 p.m. at one of the organizer’s homes and ended at 6 p.m., covering about two to three miles of country roads and with many handfuls of candy.

“Last year the event started at night and it was too cold, so we decided to start earlier in the day this year, which I thought was a great idea,” said Mack.

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