By EARTHA TERRELL
Members of Disciples Christian Church put a twist on Halloween by turning their cars into candy stores for children during Trunk or Treat Oct. 27.
“This was our first time for Trunk or Treat and we had about 100 children come to ours. We decided to have a safe activity for kids. We had 12 cars and two dump trucks. One was also a haunted dump truck. Each car got candy and children went from car to car. The Boardman Fire Department came out so kids could see a fire truck and the Boardman police showed kids their K-9 dog. We felt it was a good event. The entire church worked together and we had fun,” said event coordinator Dottie Johnson.
Children, dressed in an array of characters from princesses to pirates, were excited as they gathered sugary treats from one car to the next.
The event also included a chance for kids to enjoy games and snacks and win prizes. Hay rides proved to be a hit with participants.
Children weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves. Some church members had no problem getting into the Halloween spirit by dressing in elaborate costumes and enjoying candy as well. Johnson was thrilled to see the outcome of the event and hopes Trunk or Treat inspired children and their families to continue to use the church as a resource.
“We just feel that it was Christ’s mission to reach everybody and that’s [also] our job and that’s what this event was. The children were so lovely and such a blessing to us. We enjoyed ourselves just as much as the kids. We’re a real community of love. When we come together what we want to do is share that love and we were so pleased that the police and the fire department came,” said Johnson.