DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays ended its seventh season Oct. 24 with a Halloween-themed night full of candy and costumes. As with previous Thursdays, the event started at 5 p.m. at Brook Run Park. Children and adults were invited to come out in costume for a contest in the spirit of the Halloween season.
The popular event is a continued partnership between the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, Redbird Events and the City of Dunwoody. October marks the 150th Food Truck Thursday event. The night was a huge hit with dozens of parents and kids arriving in costume within an estimated crowd of 1,700.
“Three years ago we added the costume part of it. Before that, it was the [police department] and the trucks gave out the candy and stuff,” said Rachel Waldron, Recreation Program supervisor for Dunwoody Parks and Recreation. “We usually buy the candy about three weeks ahead of time…the prep work is always exciting…when we start to decorate and see all the kids in costume, that’s really how it all comes together.”
To give that “trick or treat” feeling for the night, food trucks gave out free candy for the children. One of the many delectable food trucks represented at the event was On the Roll Maine Lobster. Owner James Weferling has been involved with Food Truck Thursdays for the past two years. Weferling said he enjoys seeing the community come together for the food and live music each week. For the Halloween-themed evening, he enjoys the many costumes that come by his truck.
“It brings a lot of people out and it brings a lot of families out…it’s good for the community,” said Weferling. “My favorite part of the Halloween event is seeing all of the people in the costumes because there is really no other time you get to see people dressed up like Woody [from ‘Toy Story’].”
It would not be Food Truck Thursdays without live entertainment.
The popular ’70s and ’80s cover band Yacht Rock Schooner took the stage at 6:30 p.m. and closed out the night with a two-hour set of crowd-pleasers. The eight-man band is composed of multiple vocalists and keyboardists in addition to a member on the sax to bring home the smooth sounds of the era playing hit songs by notable artists such as Kenny Loggins and Steely Dan.
“It’s an opportunity to actually connect in person…we’ve gotten an overwhelming response of people that are here and I love that a lot of people walk from different neighborhoods as well as drive,” said Bettie Cagle, Owner of Redbird Events. “We got Yacht Rock Schooner playing…That is definitely a big draw. That’s not something we normally would have…it draws a ton of people.”