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It takes more than low temperatures and stiff wind on the shores of the Tanana River to keep trunk-or-treaters away.

Nenana kicked off the upcoming Halloween holiday with this second annual outdoor event in the parking lot of the Nenana Cultural Center and the Nenana Artisans Market. As the sun set, trunk-or-treaters began to arrive.

A steady stream of super heroes, a dinosaur, a witch, a vampire and even a little fox and more braved the chilly weather. Frankie the dachshund wore a pumpkin hat and a costume that proclaimed, “Let’s Party!” Everyone jumped from car to car, and even the vehicles were decorated with spooky eyes and spiderwebs.

Inside each vehicle — piles of tasty treats.

My favorite was the trunk carrying a box of fry bread with cranberries. Delicious.

When a trunk was too high for tiny trunk-or-treaters to reach, obliging adults just moved the goodies to a box on the ground.

Adults started a fire in the burn barrel and trunk-or-treaters put hot dogs on sticks and cooked them over the flames.

This was the second year for this event, sponsored by the Nenana Tourism Association.

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