It had been a lonely couple of Halloweens for the animals at Gifford Farm after Mother Nature played some tricks the past two years.
But the treats delivered Oct. 19 during the farm’s annual Trick-or-Treat With the Animals event gave the farm a reason for looking up.
Missouri River floodwaters in 2011 and residual damage from the flood in 2012 kept the education center from hosting the Halloween hoopla in those years, after seven years of holding the tradition. Still, the animals, the decor and the people all came back to the tune of more than 650 costumed ghouls and goblins and their families flocking to the farm.
“It was very successful,” said Gifford Farm Director Nancy Williams. “Our first time back since the flood, we couldn’t be happier with the response we got. It felt great.”
The Halloween host descended on the farm enjoyed several stations where they could get a treat and also show off their costumes for sheep, pigs, horses and chickens. A hayrack ride also rounded out the festive atmosphere.
With games, treats and the main draw — Gifford Farm’s menagerie of animals — children of all ages were able to get out in the seasonable temperatures and sunshine and show off their costumes in a little pre-Halloween session Williams said provided a great boost.
“We lost our Halloween decorations in the flood,” she said. “So to get people back and to see a good time being had by all, it was a great day.”