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Members of Coal Region Cruise Events pose at Calude E. Kehler Park, Shamokin, with the prizes and trophies to be awarded at Saturday’s Costume Cruise Night in downtown, Shamokin. They are, from left, Tracey and Gilbert Petraskie, Vanessa and Barry Kehler, Doug and Sue Bell and Michele and Mark “Stemmer” Rebuck. All of the trophies were handmade by the Rebucks from old license plates and engine parts.

SHAMOKIN — The Coal Region Cruise is bringing an eerie, spell-binding Halloween event to downtown Shamokin with a costume cruise Saturday and a trunk-or-treat on Sunday.

The two-night event is a way for cruise organizers to give back to the community and provide something not just for the adults, but for the kids, according to Mark Rebuck. A downtown cleanup is also scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the municipal parking lot.

Rebuck took over the reigns of organizing the cruise earlier this year and successfully attracted over 100 vehicles to the family friendly event in August. Working closely with city officials and the Shamokin Police Department, the cruise went smoothly and along with administrators and editors, Rebuck began immediately planning the Halloween event.

The community is welcome to cruise through town from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday and are encouraged to dress their best for Halloween.

Handcrafted trophies made of license plates will be handed out in 16 different categories, including best costume and two best choice awards handed out by Mayor John Brown and Police Chief Darwin Tobias III.

Since August, Rebuck said they have been working hard on cutting old license plates to attach to plaques, especially his wife, Michele Rebuck.

Administrators and editors, including Rebuck and his wife, Gilbert Petraskie, Barry Kehler, Doug Bell, Pam Marose and Vanessa Kehler will be on the west end of town for the judging and will stop their favorites for awards. Rebuck is hoping to get pictures of the winners in front of The Ale House, 147 E. Independence St.

There will be 250 can koozies handed out to the crowd and to make sure kids aren’t left out, Rebuck said sponsors helped with the purchase of gift cards that will be handed to costumed children.

Random cruisers will also be chosen for a prize of car cleaning supplies, all donated by Lens Automotives, NAPA, Advanced Auto and AutoZone.

Just as with the August cruise, Rebuck worked closely with city officials and the police department to attempt to make the event as safe and fun as possible. Police will be patrolling throughout town to make sure cruisers follow traffic laws and don’t dirty the streets by doing burnouts.

Cruisers are encouraged to return to downtown Shamokin from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday and fill their trunks with scares and candy for trunk or treaters. Decorating trunks for the event isn’t necessary, but adds an extra element of Halloween fun to the event.

So far over 100 participants have said they’ll be attending on Facebook, with another 300 interested. Rebuck is hoping word of mouth helps bring in volunteers to help with the event.

The popularity of trunk or treats have grown in recent years, and Rebuck said cruise organizers wanted to bring one to the downtown area for kids to enjoy. Cooperation with the city has been “terrific” he said.

The city has agreed to block off Independence Street at Rock Street to Liberty Street, but may extend to Orange Street is there is overflow. The municipal parking lot will also be home to many of the themed trunks handing out candy.

Food and refreshments will be available to all trunk or treaters as well.

Trunk or treat is about the kids, but parents will have the opportunity to win something special for themselves. Just Us Few Motorcycle Club will be selling raffle tickets on Sunday for the chance to win a 2003 Anniversary Low Rider motorcycle, which will be on display.

Rebuck encourages everyone to come out and enjoy themselves. “Have a good time and it’s keep it safe and make it great and continue it year after year.”

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