The Jacksboro square came alive Halloween night with the first annual Trunk-R-Treat event, hosted by the Jack County New Edition. With just shy of 20 “trunks” for the ghosts and goblins to gather the array of goodies, the estimated toll from “sugar high” was expected to reach around 700.
Nearly all of the trunks reported a “sell out”, stating they had to go to local stores to replenish the buckets! Trunks were decorated, as well as many of those handing out the treats. A contest for the decorated trunks was held, with votes being determined by canned foods donated to the favorite trunk. McFarland Plumbing was the clear and undisputed winner of the contest, with the Tarantula car!
Police Chief Terry McDaniel handed out candy, representing the City and the Jacksboro Police Department. The Jacksboro Fire Department brought a truck to the event, giving kids a chance to explore inside. Always a crowd pleaser, the crowds gathered around as the lights flashed!
The event was set to open from 6 to 9 pm, but crowds began showing up even as trunks were being set up. Event host, Sandi Argo said “We really didn’t know what to expect from this. I knew that we and the McFarlands would be there, and that the city had said they would be there as well. I thought it might just be 4 or 5 cars handing out goodies at first. The closer to Halloween we got, the more calls I got and it turned out to be really cool!” Argo stated “The response from folks that brought trunks was amazing. Then the HUGE turnout of trick or treate-rs was an overwhelmingly good surprise! We are so thrilled with the turnout. Everyone had fun, the kids were awesome! We had nothing but positive reviews from families all evening. They will be here again next year”
Plans for Trunk-R-Treat on the Square 2016 are already in the early planning stages, keeping it on the same weekend of the BBBS Fall fest. “We would love to grow, add more trunks and even food vendors and live music” Argo said, adding “It’s all about bringing families from all over the county (and beyond) to our square and having a great time! It’s a happening place when we want it to be! I would love to see a whole lot more activity here.” If things go like they did Saturday night, local stores be on alert: you might need to start stocking up your candy supplies in August! A win-win for retailers, kids and parents as well. Says Argo “We provided a safe place for LOTS of kids to trick or treat.”