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Halloween carnival provides a safe place for trick-or-treaters

The third annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Carnival took place Saturday, providing children with a safe and fun way to trick-or-treat.

It took place at El Dorado Park behind Wesley United Methodist Church. The free event featured face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, games and food.

The main event of the evening was “Trunk or Treat.” Volunteers gathered in the parking lot and offered candy from the trunks of their cars. Trunks were decorated with spooky-themed displays giving trick-or-treaters a real sense of Halloween.

Volunteers who participated in ”Trunk or Treat” were entered into a contest to win a $200 donation to the charity of their choice and bragging rights for the best decorated trunk.

Fresno resident Sabina Anzalduy heard about the event from her church. “This is my first time attending this event,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun. It seems pretty safe. They have [games] well laid out and having the different age bounce houses is awesome. The setup is really good and it’s very well planned out.”

The event was made possible by Wesley United Methodist Church, Associated Students, Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County, Building Neighborhood Capacity Program and District Four Council member Paul Caprioglio’s office.

ASI has partnered with the community for the past five years to help provide events like “Trunk or Treat.”
Ashleigh Rocker Greene, ASI programs and volunteer coordinator, said the purpose of the event was for families to come out and have safe fun with their children during the trick-or-treat time.

“A lot of families don’t want to go out after dark because it’s unsafe in this neighborhood,” she said. “So this gives [the parents] an opportunity for a safe place to bring their kids to trick-or-treat.”
Fresno State senior and volunteer Kassadi Jones said the event was a safe way for families to enjoy Halloween and thinks every community should have an event like this.

Kappa Kappa Gamma member Sofia Padilla participated in the event by handing out candy in the “Trunk or Treat.” “I wanted to give back to the community and do it in a fun way,” she said. “This is a way to interact with kids and get more familiar with the community we live in.”