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Cochrane’s Costume Contest Winner Stops Traffic—Literally 

Halloween in Cochrane this year was all about candy, scares, and giving back to the community!

One local walked away from Cochrane’s Best Costume content with almost 100 pounds of Halloween Candy. But their costume wasn’t something as predictable as Michael Myers or Ghostface. 

Nat showing off her massive haul of Halloween candy after winning a costume contest | Cochrane Now

Another Cochrane resident went above and beyond by turning his house into a haunted house. 

Meanwhile, St. Timothy Junior and Senior High School hosted their first-ever Halloweenie BBQ Drive-Thru. 

Cochrane’s Best Costume contest is an annual costume contest where participants submit photos of their costumes to win almost 100 pounds of candy. This year’s winner was a real traffic stopper

A Cochrane resident named Nat dressed up as a traffic circle for the contest. On the morning of Halloween, she received a call letting her know she won. 

As someone terrified of traffic circles, Nat’s costume hit the mark. But she wasn’t dressed up as just any roundabout. Nat was dressed as the town’s temporary roundabout on Highway 22. 

“I thought people have lots of feelings about the traffic circle, so it’s good to have a fun costume and have some education as well. I put the rules of the circle on there, too,” Nat told Cochrane Now.

The intersection of Highway 1A and Highway 22 sees almost 30,000 vehicles daily. The multi-lane traffic circle was constructed to redirect this traffic around the construction site for the town’s new interchange. 

But what does one do with almost 100 pounds of Halloween candy?

Being a good samaritan, Nat wasted no time heading to the Cochrane Activities Food Bank, where she donated the candy. 

Horrors and Hotdogs 

Fellow Cochranite Gary Robertson turned his home in Riversong into a haunted house again this year. 

The theme of this year’s House of Horrors was CarnEVIL, and it featured some carnival frights, including a seven-foot-tall clown with glowing eyes and a sinister smile. 

A terrifying clown at Gary Robertson’s haunted house in Riversong, Cochrane | Cochrane Now

But Robertson’s haunted house wasn’t just about scaring people. He also encouraged residents to bring non-perishable food items.

He donates the food items to the Veterans Association Food Bank every year, which operates a food bank that supports Veterans through different programs and services. 

Since Robertson started transforming his house for Halloween, he has collected about 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food items. This year, he set a target of 500 pounds in donations. 

But Nat and Robertson weren’t the only Cochranites giving back to the community this year. St. Timothy Junior and Senior High School got in on the action with their first-ever Halloweenie BBQ Drive-Thru.

Eating candy all night is a cause for a stomach ache. The Halloweenie BBQ Drive-Thru gave trick-or-treaters a chance to start the night with a free hot dog and a juice box. 

We’ve had a couple of months of school now to get something together and provide an opportunity for the community to come and see the school, students and staff and get to know everybody a little bit more,” said Rochelle Snively, St. Timothy’s school council chair. 

This year, there was as much community spirit as candy in Cochrane.

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