Pooh bears, cowboys, hobbits and loads of other creatures made their trek through the lined-up, decorated vehicle trunks at the first annual Trunk-or-Treat event held at Minnesota School of Business – Elk River.
The community event attracted more than 800 trick-or-treaters who collected candy and trinkets from each of the 15 local businesses that participated.
“We were extremely surprised and excited by the number of people who came out for the event,” said Minnesota School of Business Communications Specialist Kayla Stai. “Our goal was to hit 500 community members and by 6 p.m. we had already surpassed that goal.”
Trunk highlights include Sweet P’s Ice Cream wolf den, the Land of Lakes Choirboys’ haunted bus, and the winner of the Trunk-or-Treat traveling trophy, DARE Funeral Home’s hearse complete with a coffin and “dead body.”
Other organizations present were Culvers, Sherburne County United Way, Re/Max Results, Kiser Construction, Tastefully Simple, Liberty Tax, Accurate Home Care, New Horizon Academy, Lake State Recycling, Coborns and BodyWise Chiropractic.
“This was a fabulous event,” said John Osterman who was dressed head to toe in spooky attire for his Re/Max Results trunk. “You can count on us to participate next year!”
In addition to visiting the trunks displayed outside, community members were encouraged to head indoors for hot cider and more treats. While inside, toddler trick-or-treaters enjoyed coloring spooky Halloween scenes and making ghosts out of lollipops.
Only the brave dared to enter the Minnesota School of Business haunted classroom, which weaved trick-or-treaters through a maze with scary characters lurking behind every corner.
Community member Nick Stalberger brought his family to the event in hopes of getting a lot of trick-or-treating done in a small area.
“We loved it,” said Stalberger, “We had a blast, and the haunted house was crazy impressive!”
Less than 24 hours after the event, the staff at Minnesota School of Business were already brainstorming how to make next year’s event bigger and better.
“We already have businesses contacting us asking how they can register for next year,” said Stai. “And we couldn’t have done the event this year without the local businesses who participated—a huge thank you to all of them.”
To see all of the photos taken at this year’s Trunk-or-Treat event, visit the Elk River Minnesota School of Business Facebook page.