The Cedar Rapids community enjoyed a second successful Trunk or Treat event this year! More than 160 kids came to the spooktacular event at the wfla parking lot in Cedar Rapids – 40 more than last year. Sponsored by Western Fraternal Life Association, planned by YELL! CR, and assisted by members from Lodges 13, 262, and 500, the group provided candy and fun from 18 car trunks. Lodge 7 members also treated everyone to apple cider and hot chocolate. The kids were also able to decorate delicious cookies and not one kid passed up the opportunity!
Dressed as scarecrows, witches, M & M candy, Coca-Cola cans, zombies, and more, wfla members and Home Office employee’s car trunks showed spookiness galore, to the children’s delight. Visitors passing by Sandy and Russ’s (of Lodge 7) car were nearly scared out of their wits by a zombie in a casket and voices crying for help coming from their car. As kids tried to grab the candy in the casket, a moving head chattered at them.
Spider webs were draped the front of the tree in the circle drive, along with a flying ghost draped from a tree branch. Tombstones were propped against bales of hay in the driveway or shown in member’s trunks. Bats, spiders and ghosts, and orange Halloween lights danced from the raised trunks. Members play their part in making sure the event was fun for the kids.Even pets made the event in thier best costumes.
Participating kids came as skeletons, ghosts, jesters, princesses, darth vader, spiderman and many other assorted characters.
More neighbors decided to venture out close to home, as well as people from around town. Each family lined up at a start table at the circle drive, received goodie bags with wfla literature and toys for kids, proceeded to the refreshment table, and then circulated to each trunk for their treats. Parents commented that they had seen the event advertised on the street signs in front of the building, in the online calendar, or received the postcard invitation. We explained to them that wfla sells life insurance and annuities and does community service, giving its profits back to members and community groups.
Talking with neighbors and other lodge members was the treat for the employees, in addition to the smiles on the children’s faces. With the second successful year behind us, we are already planning an even better Trunk or Treat next year. Plan now to come next year for another safe and “fright-tastic” time.