NORFOLK - For the third consecutive year, the Norfolk Wesleyan Church is collaborating with the fire department and United Methodist Church, among others, to host Trunk or Treat, a unique trick-or-treating experience for youngsters to indulge in.
All along Hepburn and West Main Street, vehicles will be parked and ready to disperse candy for children between 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Its going to be in front of the church and the goal this year is to stretch it from the Wesleyan Church down to the (United) Methodist Church and then on the other side back to the fire department, Pastor Billy Bruns said.
Mr. Bruns explained that last year there were 17 or 18 vehiclelos handing out treats and the goal this year is for 25 or 30. He added that last years Trunk or Treat attracted more than 200 children and 500 people.
When the Halloween event began two years ago, the church saw a volunteer amount that did not reach double digits. A few of the church members started it. They had about five or six cars and passed out candy as trick-or-treaters walked by. Now the fire department and the Methodist Church are involved, Mr. Bruns said. Most (of the volunteers) are members of the church. The fire department is also involved. Its one of the biggest community events in the town.
Mr. Bruns said that new this year will be the chance for volunteers to win a gift certificate to Price Chopper. Many of the people dress up and decorate their vehicles and this year; the person with the best decorations will win a gift certificate.
The pastor pointed out that while serving as a fun experience for the children and their parents the night also is an opportunity for the church to better connect with the community.
The thing we want to accomplish is to bring the church and the community together. Its a great opportunity for the church to show love to the community, Mr. Bruns said. My goal last year was to help the city. Frequently on Halloween there is vandalism and last year was the first time there was no vandalism at all. The police department will have an extra officer on duty just in case. Last year it went smoothly and there were no issues at all.
Those interested in lining up a car and handing out candy are asked to be at the church no later than 5:15 p.m. For questions, call Mr. Bruns at 315-384-4823.