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By Cynthia Haggitt
Halloween traditions are very important especially to two community residents who believe in supporting and keeping traditions alive Diane Brangenberg and Debby Klunk have one goal in mind; that is to help children during the holidays and to have fun.
“The idea behind trunk-or-treating is to prevent children from trick-or-treating in the usual sense – you know, going around the neighborhood and knocking on doors for candy. Many towns now offer trunk-or-treating events as a safer, less-spooky alternative to traditional trick-or-treating,” Klunk said.” We watched the weather all day and it looked like we were going to have rain so Diane and I came up with a back up plan of having it trunk or treat in the Center for American Archeology’s gymnasium.”
Bragenberg mentioned that coming inside was a good move for everyone who was participating. The participating trunks moved into the gym and decorated their areas and tables. She said it worked because kids could walk around the gym and get a treat from each spot.
“We moved our treat walk, basket raffles and had our snack bar inside. We had 22 trunks passing out candy. Thank you so much to all who participated, those who helped with the treat walk by baking for us and with clean-up.” Brangenberg said. “Also Debby Klunk and I have been doing this halloween tradition ever since my kids were young. It is our 28th year to be in charge I enjoy it just as much now as we did when it first started and that is how I always remember this because I was pregnant with my first daughter when we started having the party. Not all families can afford to do something like this.”
Brangenberg said she and Klunk love doing this because it is so fun to see all the families and kids in one place having a good time.
“ Although the trunk or treat portion is rather new and COVID kind of puts a kink into things, we still managed to find a way to have this opportunity for the kids. She said she remebers the very first year, we added a trunk or treat.”
She remembers that The sons of the Legion were helping and hosted the first time and we knew that they had 125 bags of candy and they ran out. So the trunk or treat is new but an added bonus because we now know people are coming out and spending time here.”
Klunk and Bragenberg said this celebration helps out when the holidays comes around.
“The money raised from our basket raffles from the Trunk or Treat goes towards the kids for our Christmas celebration.So who ever comes to the Christmas party no matter where they are from will leave with a present.” Bragenberg said.