Fairies, story-book and cartoon characters, cute insects, super heroes and sports figures with a smattering of rock stars were all at Marco Presbyterian Church’s annual Trunk or Treat.
Many churches view Halloween as a pagan holiday and host Harvest or Hallelujah festivals as a safe alternative.
“We asked that everyone avoid the macabre and keep the make-believe, leave out the fright and keep the fun,” said Pastor of Families Paul May, who served as master of ceremonies when he wasn’t being dunked at the Dunk a Pastor tank.
“I love being part of this, seeing everyone all dressed up,” said Karen Hollenbeck who with her sister Glenda White, dressed as frumpy housewives complete with curlers in their hair as they dispensed goodies from their trunk.
“It’s an opportunity for good clean fun and to let the children know they can be Christian and have a good time.”
Activities included trunk or treating from gaily decorated trunks, games of skill, an inflatable obstacle course and two bounce houses. New this year was a pumpkin patch for photo opportunities, a treasure hunt game and the second bounce house — one for big kids and one for little kids.
Representative from the church’s Women’s Ministries handed out 60 jars of homemade friendship soup mix. Sheryl Poteet received one of the jars.
“It’s a great Christmas gift idea,” said Poteet. “We come every year. Our son is now eight and we started off with him in a stroller. With our grand nephew with us today we have three generations of Poteets here.”
It was the first time for twins Kasey and Sammy Ehlen whose parents had heard from friends what fun the Presbyterian event was.
“It’s a wonderful event for the children,” said their mother. “One year when they were three they saw a witch and were really frightened.
In addition to the set of twins there was a set of six-year-old triplets, Brooklyn, Danyell, Liberty, and their seven-year-old sister Savannah Long who dressed as the rock band Kiss.
The church’s youth group had their own tent and oversaw the sidewalk chalk art. A duo from Christian rock station WAY-FM played tunes to add to the festivities. In addition to playing the music Danielle Flood and her husband Cobi Knight gave away treats from WAY-FM.
“I have never been to Marco before,” said Flood. “I am so excited about being here. We are celebrating our second anniversary and plan to go to dinner on Marco afterwards.”
Parents were able to visit with one another and have a hot dog or hamburger while their children were occupied in the bounce house. The food was free but donations were accepted. Eunice Hemingway was on hand to help with the food.
“It’s a joy to serve others and to serve the Lord, ” Hemingway said. With her husband Jerry, she returned to their winter home on Wednesday from Minnesota where the temperatures were in the 20s and 30s.
It was hard to tell who was having more fun the attendees or the church members. Church member Mary Sutyak said, “I live in a condominium and we don’t have kids coming around. I think I enjoy this more than the kids do. It’s a joy to see their costumes and happy faces. The costumes this year are fantastic.”
One of the crowd pleasers was Miss Piggy, aka Trish Nottingham, church member and the church’s administrative assistant.
Children flocked to her for pictures and hugs. With the temperature in the mid eighties, Nottingham was quick to quip, “I’m just a ham, a baked ham,” or “Now I know what its like to be roasting on a spit.”