No tricks, all treats at community Halloween events

Nov 1, 2020

This Halloween, princesses, superheroes, unicorns, and other startling sights hit the pavement at two trunk-or-treat events in search of candy and a good time, and they certainly found both at the YMCA and the Onset VFW.

This was the first year that the Gleason Family YMCA hosted an outdoor trunk-or-treat event, in which people gave out candy from elaborately decorated car trunks. To maintain social distancing, the YMCA had trick-or-treaters sign up for a time slot. In total, 150 families made their way through the parking lot.

Community Youth Empowerment (CYE) hosted its own trunk-or-treat event at the Onset VFW, and it was flooded with kids. Police Chief John Walcek was on hand to help direct traffic.

After trunk-or-treating, kids could grab a free ice cream cone from Chef Kev’s food truck and watch Hocus Pocus on the big screen.

“It was fun,” said Jowaun Gamble, the director of CYE. “The kids were excited, and the parents were grateful to have something to do.”

Gamble said he wanted to thank everyone who donated candy and volunteered to help out at the event.

“It exceeded our expectations a thousand times over,” said Brianna Gamble. “We’re very grateful.”