With October and Halloween just around the corner, the Downtown Park Hills Association still has space for businesses and organizations to sponsor its very popular Trunk N Treat event.
Downtown Park Hills Association President and Not Just Comix owner David Easter said the 12th annual event provides a safe trick-or-treating experience for kids while also allowing businesses and organizations to advertise while handing out treats.
“We usually get about 1,000 people from around the area plus outside the county because they look for stuff like this, they plan out who is where and then they make their loop through the cities to the churches and different places,” Easter said. “It’s really something.
“The whole idea is not just for businesses to give something away, but they can also advertise their business. Proffer’s, for example, usually brings in a lot of apples to give away.”
Easter said he gives out free comic books to trick-or-treaters, while others give the staple candies and chocolates. He said the line will begin in front of Crossroads Worship Center, formerly the All Occasions Hall, and will lead through the municipal parking lot between the worship center and the nearby apartments.
“My dream is to one day outgrow that parking lot,” Easter said. “It hasn’t happened yet, but it's come close. Fitting a fire truck in there one year was tricky.”
In addition to having a fire truck in the past, the Downtown Park Hills Association also brings in an antique, horse-drawn hearse for the event.
To ensure the safety of the trick-or-treaters, Easter said it’s required for each business or organization that wants to take part to register beforehand.
“The important thing to remember is that you have to sign up,” he said. “We just can’t have anybody come at the last minute and park somewhere. Everybody knows the guy down the street, this business or that business — but if another business comes in or another group saying they’re a church and we don’t know them, we would like to take a look at it to make sure they’re legit.”
The downtown association’s Trunk N Treat started 12 years ago with a member’s suggestion before the area had so many events of its kind. Easter said while there are now a lot of similar events for trick-or-treaters, it’s possible to make it to most with a little pre-planning.
Officials with the St. Francois County Ambulance District have confirmed the annual event at the fairgrounds will not be held this year.
“Our only enemy for the event is the weather and the possibility of competition,” he said. “But if they plan it right, they can go to all the various events in the county. We really look forward to doing it again this year.”
Of the 24 available spots for sponsorships, 17 have been filled by area businesses and organizations, according to Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammi Coleman. The other seven are expected to quickly fill up and prospective sponsors are encouraged to register by calling the Park Hills-Leadington Chamber office at 573-431-1051 or by visiting business.phlcoc.net/events/details/12th-annual-dpha-trunk-n-treat-8524.