Trunk or Treat returning for another Halloween in Monett

Friday, October 23, 2009
Last year's "Trunk or Treat" was a huge success with 2,000 in attendance. Shown above are Carol Stidham and Pam Sligar, from Small Wonders Preschool, who were first place trunk winners at the 2008 event.

Monett area churches and the YMCA will be hosting the second annual "Trunk or Treat" from 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31 in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church of Monett, located at 1600 N. Central.

Because of the success of last year's event, the hours have been extended to 9 p.m. The entire event is free to children and their parents and depends entirely upon donations.

There is no age limit. The theme for trunks and costumes are asked to be "family friendly." Decorating can be done on trunks of cars, pick ups, vans and buses.

Children go from trunk to trunk for their treats, and in between the trunks, inflatables provided by the YMCA will be set up to provide more fun. Also on site will be games, two hayrides, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and candy. The YMCA will be decorating the bus barn for a fun house for older children, and a bus will be decorated as a fun house for the younger children.

Other activities will include a trunk competition and finger printing by the Monett Police Department.

"We hope for continued growth in the future," said Charlene Dart, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Monett. "We want to continue to offer this event to the community."

Last year there were approximately 2,000 in attendance with 18 trunks giving out candy. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for Saturday, Nov. 7.

The event is sponsored by First United Methodist Church, The Nazarene Church, First Free Will Baptist Church, Countryside Christian Church, Monett Community Church, Newsite Baptist Church, Blessings Bookstore and Monett YMCA.

First Baptist Church and First Christian Church will be having their "Trunk or Treat" at their locations on Fourth Street for the children who cannot make it to the Methodist Church location. Those events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night.

The Unity of Community is taking donations up to and including Halloween night. Donations can be dropped off at First United Methodist Church or the Monett YMCA. Individuals can also have their donations picked up by contacting Cheryl Dunn at 669-7336. Candy needs to be store bought and sealed.

"This is a safe alternative for our children on Halloween night," said Dart. "We have had a lot of support from our local churches, businesses, industries and police department. It is a great community collaboration."

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