Planning underway for annual ‘Trunk or Treat’

Duane Hicks

“Trunk or Treat” will be back for its fifth year, with organizers once again looking for locals to get into the “spirit” of the season by decorating vehicles.
The annual event, organized by the “Project Safe Hallowe’en” committee, is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library.
The concept of “Trunk or Treat” is for local businesses, organizations, and individuals to decorate a vehicle in a Hallowe’en theme, bring it to the library parking lot, and then hand out candy as costumed children visit each one.
And it’s proven to be a “spooktacular” success, drawing an estimated 800 little ghosts and goblins visiting a total of 27 decorated vehicles last year.
Library CEO Caroline Goulding said plans are shaping up for this year’s event, which also will include a “costumed catwalk” with prizes and “a bigger and better photo booth” with a backdrop and fun props for kids and parents alike.
Registration for those wanting to enter a “trunk” will begin Oct. 1.
Past participants have included emergency services, local businesses, service clubs, and non-profit organizations, and even a few folks who just plain love Hallowe’en.
Vehicle types have included cars, vans, trucks, school buses, and ambulances.
Trunks are judged, with several prizes given out to the judges’ favourites.
“Anyone can come out and do it,” Goulding urged.
“You don’t have to have the most elaborate trunk,” she added. “Just come out and have a good time and hand out candy.
“You really get to see everyone in town’s costume, I feel like.
“And there is no expectation you’re going to have to provide all that candy,” Goulding stressed.
“That’s why we go after all of these donations,” she explained, referring to the fact the event each year is supported by generous donations of candy (or money to buy candy) by individuals and businesses.
Stay tuned for more details in coming weeks.
Any questions? Contact Goulding at 274-9879 or via e-mail at cgoulding@fortfrances.ca