Little ghouls and goblins will have a wealth of opportunity to score big this Saturday, Oct. 30 with three Trunk or Treat locations providing safe activities in observance of Halloween.
First Christian Church in Monett will host one event between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on the parking lot located at Fifth and Wishart Streets. Treats will be dispensed from the trunks of vehicles lining the parking lot and revelers may "shuttle" to the Trunk or Treat celebration hosted by First Baptist Church, on the parking lot at Fourth and Dunn Streets via a hayride.
A hay-lined trailer pulled by a truck will ferry parents and their children back and forth between the locations in an effort to minimize the amount of traffic in the two-block area.
Members of First Baptist Church will not only hold their third annual Trunk or Treat event but will also offer hot dogs, chili dogs and hot cocoa to guests.
"I read about other churches holding similar events and thought it would be a good outreach to the community," said Jaime Brown, family minister at First Baptist Church▀. "In previous years, we had Fall Fests but they were inside the building, and people didn't come in while they were walking from place to place. This allows us to do something for the community."
Brown said the event draws over 300 parents and children annually.
United Methodist Church, located at 1600 N. Central in Monett, will offer a variety of activities for young tricksters at their Trunk or Treat event.
"We have five churches that collaborated together on this project," said Charlene Dart, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Monett. "Nazarene Church, Countryside Christian Church, Monett Community Church and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, along with Blessings Book Store, have joined with us to create a fun and safe alternative environment for the community."
In addition to trunks full of candy, there will be inflatable toys provided by Monett YMCA, storytelling, a funhouse, games, hayrides and door prizes. Snacks will include hot dogs, popcorn and s'mores.
Monett Police Department officers will be on hand to offer treats and the opportunity to have youngsters fingerprinted for child safety. Monett Fire Department and Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance will have personnel to answer questions and vehicles on display. Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) members will also be on hand dispensing treats.
The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m.
Dart said about 1,000 people attended the festivities the first year and in the second year, there were 2,000 in attendance.
"We really don't know how many to expect this year," Dart said. "The weather is supposed to be nice, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, so it should be a great evening and we expect a good turnout."
Regular trick or treating will take place on Sunday, Oct. 31.