The search for the Halloween Golden Ticket


SWOYERSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Trick-or-treaters were out in force on Halloween night, but a local borough had a little fun handing out candy, taking inspiration from the famous book and movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Halloween alone gets the kids excited, but this year the golden tickets spread around houses and other stops made the trick or treat even more fun.

Grab a chocolate bar and find the Golden Ticket, Willy Wonka is back.

Little surprises were around every corner in Swoyersville on Monday.

“We have hidden Willy Wonka bars all over the borough,” said Chris Concert, the mayor of Swoyersville.

1,600 Willy Wonka chocolate bars were scattered among other candy stops.

A little extra fun for the kids this Halloween, especially if they find the golden ticket.

“Open it at 9 a.m. if there’s a golden ticket in it, you take it to the borough building and Willy Wonka is up there,” Concert said.

Concert, aka Willy Wonka, came up with the idea.

“As people find them, they can come and claim their prizes,” Concert said.

“Hopefully I got the golden ticket,” said Rylee Ahrens of Kingston.

From skeletons to superheroes, hundreds of trick-or-treaters hoped to find the golden ticket.

“The best houses are where they have the flashing lights and the decorations,” said Jobeanni Winters of Swoyersville, dressed as Batman.

This Batman says he has a plan for this Halloween.

“My mom and I have a system where we mark the houses that have the best and most decorations and go there first on Halloween,” Winters added.

Parents said the idea was a success.

“This Wonka bar idea is brilliant and I feel like it brings the community together,” said Jasie Hunter of Swoyersville.

Only 10 bars contained the golden ticket, these lucky children received a cash prize.

These prizes ranged from $25 to $50 and up to ten lucky children won them.

As for next year’s ideas, the mayor is not giving up just yet.


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