2013 Trunk or Treat


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!

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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. sandi and russ

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.

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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.

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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.

Easter Crafts

Easter’s almost here! Busy little hands love cutting, gluing and getting messy with Easter kids crafts. We have found the best, prettiest, most adorable crafts to do with your kids. Keep reading to see our favorites!

shaving eggShaving Cream Painted Easter Egg Cards
You will need:
A tray of some sorts
Shaving cream
Cardstock or construction paper
Acrylic paints
A toothpick, paintbrush, or spoon (something to swirl the paint)

  1. Squirt enough shaving cream on the tray to cover the surface.  Spread it around to make the surface relatively even, it won’t be smooth.
  2. Once you have your shaving cream on the tray, squirt some acrylic paint onto it.
  3. Then using a toothpick, paintbrush, spoon, or something similar, zigzag gently though the paint to give it a marbled effect.
  4. Using cardstock, cut out egg shapes to paint. You can try a few pieces of construction paper that worked just fine too.
  5. Press your paper into the paint/shaving cream and let it sit for a few seconds.
  6. Remove the paper by lifting it straight up.  Let the paint/shaving cream sit on the paper for a couple of minutes before squeegeeing it off the paper.
  7. Gently and smoothly squeegee the shaving cream off the paper.  It will remove the shaving cream, but not the paint.

tissue eggStained Glass Easter Eggs
Construction paper
Clear Contact Paper (find at Walmart)
Glue or glue stick
Hole punch
Suction cup hanger
Colored tissue torn into approx. 1″ pieces

  1. Cut out an egg shape from the center of a piece of construction paper. Repeat, using the first sheet as a guide so the sheets are identical.
  2. Cut out a piece of clear contact paper about an inch larger than the egg shape and attach it to one of the pieces of construction paper making a “window”.
  3. Have an assortment of torn tissue paper ready to use in various colors.
  4. Attach pieces of tissue paper to the sticky side of the “window” of the egg shape until it’s fully covered.
  5. Using glue or a glue stick, glue down construction paper #2 to construction paper #1, lining up the eggs to match exactly. Be sure to glue right up to the edge of the egg shape. Allow to dry if using glue.
  6. Cut another piece of contact paper a little larger than the egg shape and carefully press it down on top of the tissue covered egg to seal everything.
  7. Trim around egg leaving about 1/2 inch of the construction paper for a border.
  8. Punch a hole at the top of the egg and hang in a window.

eggsTissue Paper Mache Easter Egg Sculptures
Torn tissue paper
Glue mixed with water (2 parts glue to one part water)

Start by:

  1. Tearing the tissue paper.
  2. Set the balloon in an old container while working on it so it won’t roll around.  For the water balloon, such as a small plastic cup.  Use two parts glue to one part water for the mixture to put the tissue paper on the balloons.
  3. Make sure to get off the excess glue mixture before applying it on the balloon.
  4. Do a layer, let dry, and repeat this process for at least 2-3 layers.  When they are dry, you can pop the balloon. They may be a little flimsy in some areas.

(the last craft was tested at the wfla home office and turned out really well!)