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By Carmen Ensinger
Greene Prairie Press
In an effort to hold a family-friendly event this year, the city of Carrollton is sponsoring Trunk or Treat around the Carrollton Square on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Our goal is to have a family friendly event for the town and let everyone who wants to participate in it in any way they see fit,” Alderman Tim Reif said. “It is going to work in conjunction with the other Trunk or Treats taking place that night, especially the one at the First Baptist Church, which is located right behind the Square.”
Reif said businesses are welcome to set up booths or tables and hand out candy in front of their stores and that the inside part of the square will be blocked off for families and individuals to come up with decorated (or undecorated) cars, trucks and SUV’s and hand out candy.
“Anyone is welcome to come up and decorate their trunk or set up booth to hand out candy from,” Reif said. “You don’t have to even be a resident of Carrollton or have a business here to participate. We welcome anyone and everyone to come and join in this event. We would like to make it as big as possible for the kids.”
Reif will need to know how many to plan on, however.
“If anyone wants is planning on coming and setting up a booth or just handing out candy from their trunk, they need to call and let me know,” he said. “Because we need to know how much space to plan on using and how much of the square to block off.”
As for cost, Reif said there is no cost – no cost to those wanting to participate and no cost to the city to sponsor the event.
“All the city is really doing is trying to get the word out and coordinating it,” he said. “There really isn’t any cost associated in sponsoring it.”
One thing that might make some unhappy is that the event will take the place of one night of trick or treating. The city has always had two nights of trick or treating, but this year there will be the Trunk or Treat on Oct. 30 followed by the regular, door-to-door trick or treating on Oct. 31.
“Hopefully, this will catch on and will kind of be the new norm in a couple of years,” Reif said. “We will have one day of trunk or treating for the entire family and then one day of the traditional door-to-door at houses with their lights on.”
Reif was asked if there were going to be any sort of contests, such as Best Decorated Trunk, etcetera.
“We really haven’t gotten that far yet, but there may be some prizes, such as door prizes and other things like that,” he said. “We are still quite a ways off, though, so as we get closer we might come up with a few more things to offer.”
To sign up to participate in the event with your vehicle or have a booth on the square, contact Reif at: 217-473-9321.