Second Annual Trunk or Treat held
Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:38pm admin
Kim Hudecek TPD Staff
CRESCO - Last year the Cresco Area Chamber Business Committee introduced a new Halloween concept to Howard County—Trunk or Treat. The event allows businesses, civic organizations and community members to literally open up their trunk and treat those Halloween ghosts, ghouls and Super Heroes. Trunk or Treat, to say the least, was a hit among little ones and adults.
This year there was a small difference. Oh, the Chamber still partnered with the Cresco Fitness Center. That stayed the same. The difference was participation in the event. The numbers of businesses, individuals and children, well, doubled.
“We had 18 local businesses and one residential participant this year,” shared Kelli Gosch, Cresco Chamber Event Coordinator. “In 2016 there were nine trunks and an estimated 500 kids participating. This year roughly 700 kids took part and a total of 900-1,000 people came through that evening.”
Last year Gosch purchased 90 bags of gold fish and ran out in the first 30 minutes. This year she had 500 pieces of candy and ran out at 6:15 p.m. Both years, the event started at 5 p.m.
What is making the popularity of the Trunk or Treat soar? One parent summed it up. “I love this! I have children of all ages, and it can be a bit difficult doing the traditional trick-or-treating. Here we have it all. The Fitness Center hands out bags of treats. We get a glow stick bracelet from the Cresco police for everyone, and then we can just march down the line and the kids get candy. It’s safer and less time-consuming. We will still hit a few other homes, but this is really nice for us.”
Who was there? Batman, Donald Trump, the Tin Man, Woody, skunks, fairies, bumble bees, vampires, walking dead, Wonder Woman, clowns, firemen, princesses, members of the Paw Patrol, and of course, witches and ghosts participated.
The chilly weather didn’t stop trick-or-treaters that night as some meandered and others scurried from house to house after the Trunk or Treat event. Bags and pumpkins were filled to their brim and both little and big ones went home after a spook-filled night.
And as far as the Trunk or Treat . . . “It was amazing to see even more children, grandparents, parents and other family members braving the freezing temperatures,” said Gosch. “I’ve seen on social media, some people’s disappointment with this type of event. Most stating that Trunk or Treat takes the magic out of Halloween. However, our office has received an overwhelming positive response to this event. Many saying it’s easier and safer with so many little ones. Having the businesses involved adds a little more comfort knowing the people that are handing out candy. There will definitely be a Third Annual Trunk or Treat in 2018.”