It was a dark and stormy night… wait, actually it was a bright and breezy midday afternoon.
The ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, along with the Ninja Turtles, Elsas, and superheroes were out at the fifth annual Trunk or Treat event at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus.
This community event was much anticipated by area families and more than 3,500 people attended. It was a safe time for kids to come out and enjoy candy, fun and the nice Sunday afternoon. Students got together, along with area business partners, and decorated 22 trunks/stations that the trick-or-treaters could visit.
On hand were zombie vet techs and their pet cemetery. There were travels to multiple Candylands. Massage Therapy Association had Elsa, Anna, and Olaf available for a “Frozen” photo op. Chuck E. Cheese and Stubby (from Marcus Theatre) both made an appearance. (Andy the armadillo from Texas Roadhouse was not able to make it.) The Waite Park Fire department had a big red fire truck that kids could climb. The Criminal Justice Association had Olaf in jail.
In addition, there were also pirates, hunters, witches, fairy tale characters and many more handing out candy to the youngsters.
On the inside, the DECA association had Mr. Incredible, along with other heroes, for photos with kids and families.Those photos were later edited in Photoshop by graphic design students, placing a cityscape scene in the background. Visitors could also take a break and enjoy hot dogs, fingernail painting, coloring and an abundance of candy.
This year’s Trunk or Treat was organized by Jessica Ward, career and academic services coordinator.
“I love Halloween! I love seeing the kiddos excited and dressed up,” Ward said. “But what makes it better is having our students and staff embrace this event and help make it a successful event year after year! In the last five years we have been able to continue to grow the event and make an impact on giving families a safe alternative way to trick or treat with the community businesses supporting them.”
The event was not just about candy. Food and cash donations were brought by those in attendance. By the end of the day, 495 pounds of food were delivered to the Salvation Army, along with the cash donations and food sales that totaled $585.98!
“The event was an astounding success and we all look forward to doing it again next year,” said Ward.
Big thanks to our wonderful student associations: Health, Criminal Justice, DECA, Accounting, SCNAVTA, and Massage Therapy.
Big shout out to our community partners: Bernicks, Central Perk Coffee Shop, Chuck E. Cheese, City of Waite Park-Fire, Good Shepard, Platinum Hair Design, Mantra Salon & Spa, Marcus Parkwood 18 Movie Theatre, Texas Roadhouse, Mulligans, Rejuv Medical, Carrie’s Bridal, Bayada Home Healthcare, Elite Taxi, and Omega CCR.
For more on the Trunk or Treat event, check out this video.