There is a fairly new form of trick-or-treating that has become quite popular in recent years. Trunk-or-treating is returning to JJC after receiving an unexpectedly large crowd of enthusiastic families last year.
the past two years the event has grown. Last year more than 800 people
attended,” said Amy Sims, a coordinator of the event. She also stated that this
year they are expecting 800-1,000 attendees.
These tailgate Halloween events were initially started by church groups to form a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. JJC’s Office of Student Activities started their own Trunk-or-Treat event three years ago and the event is making a return this October.
The Trunk-or-Treat event is being hosted this year by the JJC Collegiate Club Council and the Office of Student Activities. It will be held at the JJC Main Campus in South Parking Lot 1. The event will take place on Oct. 25, from 4-6 p.m.
The event is open to all, though participants under 17-years old will need a parent or guardian to accompany them. Sims states that students of all ages attend and often bring their children to the event too.
There are also costume guidelines that need to be followed including: no weapons or weapon-like items, no vision impairing masks, no tripping hazards, costumes cannot be overly gruesome, scary, or demeaning, and shoes are required at all times.
Sims states, “My favorite [costume] was when the Disability Awareness Club did Crayon costumes. It was a perfect fit for this community event.”
JJC groups and individuals who would like to participate in the “trunk” portion are welcome to register their vehicles and decorate their trunks for the event. Vehicle check-in is from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m. and the Trunk-or-Treat Committee will be assisting with the setup.
Candy and treats will be provided by OSA and are not to be brought in independently. However, donations are being accepted. They can be dropped off at OSA in D-1010 anytime during office hours.
event was created with safety in mind, and there will be numerous activities to
keep children and families entertained. Guests can expect trick-or-treating,
costume contests, face and pumpkin painting, and games.
Overall, this year’s Trunk-or-Treat event should be full of family fun and entertainment for all.