Nightmare on the old Cochran farm

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Sunflower Soccer Association sits on the old Cochran family farm, so when we shared plans about Nightmare on 17th Street, we received the following from Susan Cochran about what Halloween meant to the family:

"Many generations of family and friends have fond and fun memories of trick or treating when dropping by Cousin Ernest’s quaint and small white bungalow farm house located on Lower Silver Lake Rd. for the mother load of trick or treating. Ernie had a special love for getting in the Halloween spirit!🎃👻

Ernie Cochran on his farm

"With his half mask on with the short red horns, he was always so delighted and excited to having the kids come thru his back door into his kitchen.

Halloween at the Cochran house in Topeka

"With Ernie’s quirky chuckle and big smile, he would guide the kid’s to the kitchen counter that was kids height. He then reached in the cabinet and pulled out a big black bucket that was loaded with candy, fruit, candy bars, and popcorn balls.

Halloween at the Cochran farm

"As instructed by parents, only one piece of candy should be taken. But Cousin Ernie, felt completely different, saying, 'No take more, take more! After hanging out in the kitchen for at least 30 minutes, the Trick or Treating bags are close to full of mouthwatering snacks and goodies, just waiting to be devoured.'"

We are so grateful for the Cochran family and their stories about the life that existed on the SSA grounds before we were here. We hope you've enjoyed Nightmare on 17th Street and are so happy we can keep this spirit thriving!

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