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Trunk-n-Treat promises Halloween fun


October 16, 2013
The Valley Center Community Church will once again be hosting one of the most popular October events in Valley Center. The 4th annual Trunk-n-Treat will take place on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the VC Community Church Park at the corner of Fruitvale and Cole Grade roads.

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Volunteers operate a festively-decorated trunk at last year's VCCC Trunk-n-Treat event. Contributed image
"We were trying to figure out ways we could be a blessing to the community as a church," said Pastor Tony Suitor. "There's really not a place here for families, especially families with young ones, where they can go to enjoy trick-or-treating."

Trunk-n-Treat will feature around 35 cars parked in a U-formation for children to visit and collect candy. Each car's trunk will be decorated and transformed into a trick-or-treat stop, with gracious volunteers ready to hand out candy.

"Everything is free," said Suitor. Beyond just offering a unique opportunity for trick-or-treating, there will be face-painting, jump slides, and jump houses, supervised by about 100 people who have volunteered for the event.

There are also some new additions this year. There will be carnival games such as basketball shooting, bozo buckets, and a pop-the-balloon dart game, all with small prizes for the winners. There will also be a photo booth so friends and families can always remember their ridiculous costumes.

Although Halloween is a very candy-oriented holiday, Suitor hopes that the many other activities available at Trunk-n-Treat will provide parents a healthier alternative for their children.

"We're creating an atmosphere where there's other things to do to enjoy the night," said Suitor. The many volunteers on hand will ensure that the event is well-decorated and safe.

Last year, between 1,200 and 1,500 people came out to Trunk-n-Treat, Suitor estimates, and he expects at least that many this year. "We're anticipating it to continue to grow," he said. The Volunteer Sheriff's Department will be present to assist in managing the traffic on Cole Grade Road.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event and celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all with close friends and family.

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