It snowed! The wind blew! The temps were chilly, indeed. Yet nearly 1,200 people participated in Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud’sthird annual Trunk-or-Treat with smiles on their faces (and masks!).
Minnesota School of Business hosts Trunk-or-Treat as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, and the public is invited to attend free of charge, while non-perishable food items are collected at the door to benefit a local food shelf.
This year, 500 children received trick-or-treat bags and visited the 28 theme-decorated trunks positioned around the parking lot of the campus. Staff, student associations and community partners joined in the fun with vehicles ranging from the tiniest sedan to a Hummer hitched to a 24’ haunted trailer sponsored by Central Minnesota Animal Care and Control.
Inside, attendees found hot cider and cocoa, face-painting and finger-nail decorating, and a spooky haunted medical laboratory sponsored by the college’s medical student association. Hot dogs and chips were sold to benefit the Salvation Army food shelf.
Community partner involvement included trunks by Subway, Texas Roadhouse, Good Shepherd Community (which decorated a bus) the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, Icing Dreams specialty bakery and two Girl Scout troops—one of which won the $50 gift card for “Best Trunk.”
Student association-inspired trunks included: The Computing Dead (created by the information technology students), Spooky Crime Scene (created by criminal justice program students) and Mad Scientist Lair (created by medical assistant program students).
An annual favorite is the Waite Park fire truck and police car—accompanied, of course, by the uniformed firefighters and police officers.
This year’s event also made the front page of the St. Cloud Times and drew returning fans from previous years.
Jessica Ward, career services representative and events committee chairperson, credited the successful day to a team effort and the We Care philosophy at Minnesota School of Business.
The event garnered over $435 in cash donations for the Salvation Army food shelf as well as 2 ½ bins of food.