Community Interest

Fun Times at New Melle's Halloween Event

By Dianne Subdbrock

New Melle's 1st Annual* Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30, enjoyed a great turnout and provided a great evening of family fun. A huge thanks goes out to all who helped make the event so successful: 48 businesses/individuals donated contest and attendance prizes, 21 families/businesses gave out candy in the "Trunk or Treat", four teams participated in the kickball tournament, 15 chefs participated in the chili contest and numerous people donated canned goods for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at IHM.

In the costume contest, prizes for Best Costume went to: Age 0-6 "Robot" Alex W.; Ages 7-11 "Deer" Riley C.; Ages 12+ "The Man in the Yellow Hat and Curious George" A.J. M. and Mace. The prize for the best costume in the adult category went to a group, "The Sanderson Sisters" from the movie, Hocus Pocus – Mary (Renee Betlach,) Winifred (Pam Crossett,) and Sarah (Rhonda DeGeal.)

Among the Trunk or Treat participants, the prize for the best display was awarded to "The Little Shop Of Horrors" by the Helmsing Family. The Johnson family's pirate theme was runner up.
In the Chili Contest, winners (determined by people's choice) were Andrea Carlstrom (1st place); Larry Winkler (2nd place) and Michelle Payne (3rd place.)

Four teams participated in the Kickball Tournament: The Still Kickin' It (dressed as little old ladies); Blondin's Ball Kicking Bovines (beef costume theme); The Night of the Kicking Dead (zombie theme); and the Alcoballics (Let's Get Smashed & Beer Belly t-shirts) who took home the first-place prize.

*This event was billed as the 1st Annual New Melle Halloween Party, but those of us who've been around awhile remember that there was, for many years, an annual Halloween party at NMSR (Community Club) in the 1990s-2000s. Initiated by the local churches, then later hosted by the New Melle Chamber of Commerce, and ultimately by the New Melle Lions Club, it was a longstanding tradition of family fun. It's great to see that small-town community spirit celebrated once again and revived under new leadership with new ideas. Congratulations and thank you to Donnie McCloud and Casee Trapp, and to everyone who helped with and supported this event. Job well done!

Next Event: Saturday, November 27 – New Melle Country Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Lights Parade! 



1. BEst Costume age 0-7 Alex W.jpg
 Best Costume Age 0-6: "Robot" Alex W.


2. Best Costume age 7-11 Riley C IMG_8146.jpg
Costume Ages 7-11: "Deer" Riley C.


3. BEST COSTUME age 12+ MAN IN YELLOW HAT AND CURIOUS GEORGE.jpg
Best Costume Ages 12+:
"The Man in the Yellow Hat and Curious George",
A.J. M. and Mace.


4. best costume Adult Sanderson Sisters IMG_8153.jpg
Best Costume Adult: The Sanderson Sisters from the movie,
Hocus Pocus (L-R): Mary (Renee Betlach,) Winifred (Pam Crossett,)
and Sarah (Rhonda DeGeal.)


5. Best Trunk winner Helmsing Family from Casee .jpg
The Best Trunk Display was
"The Little Shop Of Horrors" theme - Helmsing Family.


6. Best Trunk runner up Johnson Family.jpg
Best Trunk Runner up was a pirate ship theme by the Johnson Family.


8. A cute little Cruella Deville IMG_8119.jpg
A cute little Cruella Deville.



9. NMFPD Pat Milligan & Polo the Fire Dog webIMG_8071.jpg
NM Firefighter Pat Milligan and Polo the Fire Dog


10. The Martins IMG_8081.jpg
The Martins.


11. Toepker Family Mario and Luigi web IMG_8120.jpg
Mario and Luigi - The Tuepker Family.


12. Betlach Family at Outdoor photo booth IMG_8112.jpg
Betlach family at the outdoor photo booth.


13. Matt and Charlie Burton trunk or treat musicians IMG_8096.jpg
Matt and Charlie Burton played music during the Trunk or Treat.


alcoballics team 2 from Tara.jpg
First Place Kickball Team, "The Alcoballics"


14. Blondin teamIMG_7058.jpeg
Blondin's Ball Kicking Bovines kickball team.


15. Night of the kicking dead web IMG_E8181.jpg
Night of the Kicking Dead kickball team.


16. Granny team from Casee Trapp.jpg
Still Kickin' It kickball team.