|The "Great Pumpkin" Trunk.||A trunk with a circus theme.|
Heroes villains, princesses, monsters, and creatures of all kinds came out in force for the annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Festivities were held in Western Fraternal Life's parking lot on October 25 in Cedar Rapids, IA. The most successful yet, the event hosted over 250 children that visited decorated vehicle trunks and were rewarded with candy. Members of Cedar No. 7, Heritage No. 13, Cedar Rapids No. 262, Hawkeye No. 423, and Home Office staff hosted the trunks and assisted guests to make the evening a success.
|Over 250 kids came out to the Trunk-or-Treat dressed in their costumes.|
Cedar No. 7 member Darcy Hilton organized the event and utilized Members in Action. “Getting the word out to the community is key to a good turn out. We have done it for several years, and try to schedule it near Halloween so that kids can have an opportunity to do some safe trick-or-treating. It's especially nice because it's all in one convenient location,” Hilton commented.
With aide from Members in Action funding, organizers were able to purchase a large banner to put outside the Home Office leading up to the event. They also spread the word through community calendars, press, and Facebook. “We used funds to purchase a promoted event on Facebook, and that is how most of the parents said they heard about the event,” reflected Hilton.
It ended up being a perfect night, as the fall weather made it chilly but not too cold for little ones to come out. It was a delight for participants who really look forward to decorating their trunks.
Members got creative. Angel Walker brought the circus, with stuffed monkeys and a colorful tent, and its special attraction -- her little dog Lucy. Shannon Daugherty was inspired by the Peanuts as she created a Great Pumpkin display. Others ranged from spooky delights to fun games, like Melissa Clapp's trunk which featured a prize wheel.
Hilton had some thoughts for other lodges who might do a Trunk-or-Treat. “Use the Members in Action. It's easier to get the word out, and it's also easy to promote Western at an event like this. We had an agent present to give away Western Halloween bags filled with pencils, stickers, bookmarks, coloring books, and brochures. The kids really enjoyed it.”
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.