The sixth Annual Community Trunk-or-Treat event is set for 6-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in downtown Eupora. Trunks full of candy will be lined up along the “high side” of downtown Eupora for children to trick or treat in a safe, family friendly environment. The event will be held in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church of Eupora in the event of rain.
Members from each church as well as several businesses, churches and organizations throughout the community will have their vehicles decorated for a “family-friendly” Halloween event. First United Methodist Church of Eupora and Eupora’s First Baptist Church will provide hot dogs and sodas for children attending. Major sponsors for the event include North Mississippi Medical Center, Bank of Kilmichael, Sonic Drive In, Golden Living Center and the City of Eupora.
Eupora FUMC and FBC Eupora designed this event to help turn a somewhat “murky” holiday into a true celebration of families.
Maggie Bjorgum, one of the organizers for the event for Eupora’s FUMC, said Trunk or Treat is a great way for our community to come together, act silly, and have fun!
“It’s always a good thing when our churches can collaborate to provide a family event in downtown Eupora,” Bjorgum said. “It blesses my soul to see how this event has grown to fill the streets of downtown. What fun!”
Anita Russell, children’s director for First Baptist Church of Eupora, has been part of Trunk or Treat from the beginning. She said it has always been an event to provide parents a safe place to bring their children for trick or treating.
“If I had young children, I would feel very comfortable bring them to this event,” Russell said. “It is a fun time, not only for getting candy, but also a great time to visit with friends and neighbors.”
Bro. Ron McDougald of Eupora’s FUMC wanted to stress this event will be a safe environment for children from birth to sixth grade to have a fun night in downtown Eupora. In the past, First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church have taken over Gold Street between the Baptist church and the United Methodist parsonage for this family friendly event, featuring decorated trunks, tons of candy as well as free hotdogs and drinks. In 2012, the event was moved to Dunn Street in Downtown Eupora with a massive crowd of children throughout Webster County in attendance. Last year, the event was moved to the Family Life Center of FBC Eupora due to rain. Organizers say the event gets bigger and bigger each year, with roughly 1,100 people in attendance last year in the rain.
“Trunk or Treat is here again,” said Rev. Travis Gray, pastor of FBC Eupora. “More and more things have a way of slipping up on us. As a result, we often miss opportunities that can be seized for good instead of evil. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our children that reminds us all of why we are here. It is our responsibility to ‘train up our children in the way they should go, so that when they are old they will not depart from it. The greatest treat of all it Jesus. If you don’t know Him, I would love to introduce Him to you.”
Eupora Mayor Dan Burchfield said Trunk or Treat is an important event in the life of the community.
“It is important to Eupora for two reasons,” Burchfield said. “It provides a safe alternative for children to trick or treat and their parents can be confident that they are in a safe environment, but just as important, it is a wonderful example of many citizens and groups within the community coming together to make Eupora a better place to live. With the churches cooperating interdenominationally, along with the BLY Theatre and many individual and corporate sponsors, the citizens of this community have shown the best of cooperation that exists in small town America. ”
Any family, group or organization who would still like to decorate a trunk, or trunk or table and pass out candy is more than welcome to attend. Dunn Street will be blocked off for traffic after 5:15 p.m. “Trunks” and organizers will be allowed downtown at that time to begin setting up for the event. Please contact the FBC Eupora office at (662) 258-3491 or Eupora’s FUMC office at (662) 258-2611 to reserve a spot.
See this story in the October 29, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/10/30/trunk-or-treat-set-for-friday-night/
See a portion of this story in the October 29, 2014 edition of The Starkville Daily News on page 5A at http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/node/18879.
See a portion of this story in the October 30, 2014 edition of Eupora’s First Baptist Church newsletter at BR Newsletter 10-30-14.
See a portion of this story in the October 31, 2014 edition of the Starkville UMC District newsletter at 10-31-14 newsletter