By Samantha Scheltema
Mason News staff writer
On Oct. 31, 2010, children of all ages showed up at Mason First Church of the Nazarene to go “Trunk or Treating.”
“Since we are newer to the area and this is a safe environment, we thought this would be a great place for our kids to get candy,” parents Cara and Jason Rowntree said. Their 8, 5 and 2 year old all said they had fun and didn’t like hearing that they may not go out trick or treating still.
Families were standing in line for at least a half hour before they even reached the first car. Deanna Woodcock, a volunteer from the church, said that this event isn’t just for members of the church, “It’s for everyone, everyone can come and everyone does come.”
The Mason First Church of the Nazarene has been doing this event for the past ten years. They usually get around 1,300 to 1,500 kids. “It’s all donations through the church,” volunteer and member of the church Meredith Crowl said. “We send around a sign-up sheet for hot dogs, popcorn, people to decorate their cars, drinks and just about everything else.” When asked how long it took to get prepared for trunk or treat, she laughed and said “Well, we’ve been making popcorn since 12.”
“This event helps us outreach to the community,” Woodcock said. The huge line of people, not all members of the church, showed the great success of the Trunk or Treat event. The families were able to get candy, eat good food and have an overall good time with other people in an easy and safe environment.