Trick-or-treaters turned out in droves to participate in the annual “Trunk-or-Treat” event hosted by Winn-Dixie Store No. 196 in Crescent City on Halloween.
Trunk-or-treating is different from trick-or-treating, because instead of ringing doorbells, children visit adult participants’ cars in a parking lot for a safe and controlled environment. This free annual event is the largest of its kind in Putnam County and it enables the community to have a safe trick-or-treating experience on Halloween.
Winn-Dixie was the event’s largest sponsor for the second year in a row and played host to the event in the store’s parking lot. The Crescent City Junior/Senior High School’s art class painted a spooky mural on the wall of the store to help set the Halloween mood, and there were games, prizes and plenty of candy. Nearly 1,000 little ghosts and goblins came to get their fill of candy.
“This was my second year hosting the Trunk-or-Treat event and was an even larger turnout than last year,” said Store No. 196 Director Larry Court. “It’s great that we can get the whole community involved in this annual celebration and hope for a bigger turnout in the years to come.”
This year’s event was the fifth time the Halloween alternative has been offered to the area. Local businesses supported the event, and community volunteers donated candy and helped pass it out to trick-or-treaters.
About 30 minutes before the annual Crescent City Trunk-or-Treat event kicked off, the Winn-Dixie No. 196 parking lot was already filling up as children arrived to participate.