The Religious Services Office is scheduled to host its first “Trunk-or-Treat” event from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Main Post Chapel’s north parking lot.
Designed as a family-friendly, not-so-scary version of trick-or-treat, the event will feature games, free hot dogs, chips and hot chocolate provided by the USO mobile, and of course, decorated cars’ trunks.
Children “can walk around from trunk to trunk and get candy, and we’re also encouraging (volunteers) to have an activity, game or something the kids can do,” said Martha Strong, director of religious education.
Strong encouraged more community members to volunteer for the event, which is themed after children’s movies.
“We hope to have at least 25 (cars) signed up, right now we probably have about 15,” she said. “We can use some volunteers.”
The event is a joint effort from the Catholic and Protestant chapels and several congregations from the community.
Sgt. 1st Class Mike Hieb, Main Post Chapel noncommissioned officer in charge, said the RSO aims to provide families with a more light-hearted Halloween experience.
“We’ve got some things set in place that we are trying to steer clear of — really scary images or gory images for little kids,” he said. “We want to send out a more positive message about Halloween being a fun time to get candy.”
Strong suggested that it may serve as a welcome alternative to festivities that occur on Halloween night.
“It’s not on Halloween, and it’s in the afternoon, so it’s daylight,” she said. That’s “especially (good) for people who have real little ones. It’s an additional and alternative place that they can come as a family and have fun.”
Hieb described the event as an opportunity to serve the greater community, and invited anyone in attendance to stick around for the chapel’s Crossroads service, which begins at 5 p.m. following Trunk-or-Treat.
Trunk-or-Treat is free and will take place rain or shine.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the event should contact Strong at 573.596.0089.
“We have a registration form if people want to do a trunk,” she said. “They have to fill (that) out so we know how many people are coming, how much space they need, and a description so we don’t end up with a whole bunch of things that are all the same.”