By Aaron Ricca/THE BEE
KINGMAN – There was no shortage of fun for candy-craving kids this Halloween.
Activities all over town gave families an opportunity to dress up and stockpile sweets.
At about 5:30 p.m., hundreds of people were already standing in line halfway down Fourth Street and around down Beale and back as they collected candy from the Route 66 Cruizers Car Club of Kingman during the 16th Annual Halloween Bash Trunk or Treat.
360 Media Productions on Stockton Hill Road was the halfway point between the Cerbat Lanes Trunk or Treat and downtown festivities for about 14 families as of about 6:45 p.m.
According to owner, photographer and videographer Charles Black about 14 families had stopped by for free digital Halloween photos.
“I’ve shot about 1,000 pictures,” he said. “It’s the kids. You know how hard that is. You take a bunch of shots and hope one or two turn out.”
Families had to wait until 7 p.m. to get into the Spooktacular Haunted Maze at The Club for Youth on First Street. In the meantime, they cruised over to the inaugural Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Candy Crawl, which, according to Sheriff Doug Schuster, was a hit.
“I’m overwhelmed at the turnout,” he said.
MCSO staff and volunteers including Schuster, deputies, search and rescue volunteers and boating safety crews took time out of their hectic schedules to meet, greet and pass out candy to the public.
Schuster and Chief Deputy Dean McKie traded turns taking shots to the face at their ‘Soak the Sheriff’ booth. Kids (and even a few adults) lobbed wet sponges at the county’s top law enforcement officers.
It was all in good fun and Schuster is ready to do it all again in 2019.
The MCSO headquarters located on West Beale Street was packed full of revelers heading to and from their cars. Schuster will use adjacent county properties if necessary.
“We didn’t know if there’d be one or 1,000 people showing up,” he said. “We’ll be better prepared next year.”