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Downtown Park Hills Trunk ‘n Treat returning

One of the area’s favorite Halloween events is returning for its 13th year in downtown Park Hills, with organizers anticipating the usual large turnout of ghouls and goblins on Halloween evening.

The Downtown Park Hills Association’s Trunk ‘n Treat is an opportunity for community businesses and organizations to offer something in return to the community for its patronage and support throughout the year, according to Association President David Easter.

“On Halloween, between 5:30 and 6:30, the Downtown Park Hills Association will be once more putting on the Trunk ‘n Treat Halloween festivity over at the municipal parking lot in Park Hills, right by the All Occasions Hall and the City View apartments,” Easter said.

Now in its 13th year, Easter said the event has grown considerably every year, now having a large portion of West Main Street being filled with trick-or-treaters eagerly waiting to go through the line.

“It’s grown tremendously,” Easter said. “We have a lot of participants and we see more people come out. The line usually stretches not only down the block but around the block. It moves pretty quickly, though, the way we have it organized. Once we start moving at 5:30, everything is in place so there are very few glitches.”

Easter said if the past is any indication, trick-or-treaters will start lining up between 4 and 4:30 in front of the All Occasions Hall, with the line stretching down West Main toward the River Worship Centre and around the block.

As of Thursday morning, there were 10 open spots for sponsors to claim spaces in the parking lot to hand out candy and advertise their business or organization. The deadline to register for a spot is Wednesday.

“We still have spots open, but the deadline is quickly approaching,” Easter said. “If you want to participate, be sure that you contact Tammi Coleman at 573-431-1051 and set up your space so we can know who’s coming. Once the deadline has passed, it could be too late. So make sure, if you want to participate, you get in as soon as possible.”

The sponsors who pass out candy and materials to trick-or-treaters are verified by the organized to ensure the safety of children in attendance.

Easter expressed thanks for the other organizers of the event, having worked to grow the event year after year for the community.

“Of course, I want to thank Tammi Coleman and the membership of the Downtown Park Hills Association for their participation, as well as the City of Park Hills for allowing us to use the municipal parking lot for this. The people who volunteer to do this are also greatly appreciated.”

The Downtown Park Hills Association is an organization of businesses in the central business district of Park Hills, which work to promote and grow the downtown area.

For more information or to register as a sponsor, visit www.phlcoc.net and navigate to the “events” tab.

Trick-or-treaters make their way through the Downtown Park Hills Trunk 'n Treat line last year at the municipal parking lot near the All Occasions Hall.

Trick-or-treaters make their way through the Downtown Park Hills Trunk ‘n Treat line last year at the municipal parking lot near the All Occasions Hall.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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