Participants sought for annual Halloween event at OSTA

The Grand County Family Support Group at The Christmas Box House will hold its fifth annual Trunk or Treat from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 – Halloween! – at the Old Spanish Trail Arena.

Participants need to arrive no later than 3:30 p.m.

Administrative Director Sherilyn Sowell and staff began the event in an effort to provide a family friendly community event. “With the help of Dale and Donna Harper, Dick Toll, Jill Kelly and families we came up with an annual trunk or treat,” said Sowell in an email.

“We heard of many different rumors that a trunk or treat was done in the past and just didn’t seem to bring out the crowds. So, naturally we were apprehensive. However, Dale was the driving point in getting the trunk or treat launched and with his expertise and skills in managing such an event, it took off. And did it ever take off! With each year the numbers of trunks registered and the children and adults in costumes increased to a staggering 2,750 people last year alone,” said Sowell.

She said making it an annual event would not have succeeded without the support of the community, businesses, schools and parents. The donations were an essential part in ensuring there were enough treats to go around to all the trunks when they ran out, she said.

“We want to thank everyone for the part you have played, either by helping with the treats, funding for cost, the Moab Police Department, Moab Valley Fire Department, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County Emergency Medical Services, ensuring all the safety nets were in place and for supporting a trunk. And for Classic Air Med for putting in the haunted house, the Moab Copy Center for always printing out the flyers for the schools, and the schools for ensuring the flyers were sent home with the children.” She also mentioned Monument Waste Services, Henderson Leasing and other businesses for their donations, “and, of course, for all the people willing to sponsor a trunk for the event. Without the trunks, there would be no event. Thank you,” she said.

More than 2,100 children participated in 2018 and Sowell predicts this year will draw even more. She said decorating trunks is not required. “We even encourage people to come sit in your lounge chair and hand out treats if you like. We only ask that you call and say you would like to come and be a part of the event by handing out treats but do not wish to have a trunk,” she said.

The Skate Moab team will provide music while people enjoy skating, and Britta Kingsley with Moab Rotary Club will set up a clothing table for families. Food vendors are encouraged to attend. “Please call for where you can park, etc. You can charge at your own business rate,” she said.

Email Sowell at [email protected] for registration, or call 435-259-1658 for information. Registrations can also be picked up at the service counters of City Market, Walker Drug and the Canyonlands Copy and Mailing Center.