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Oakland Park’s 2019 Trunk-or-Treat, A “Howling” Good Time!

Halloween is a holiday in which kids get to dress up as their favorite character and go trick-or-treating. It used to be that kids would go from house to house knocking on doors asking for treats. In recent times kids don’t trick or treat as much, instead they trunk-or-treat.  But what is Trunk-or-Treating anyways?!

Trunk-or-treating involves members of the community getting together at a common place and decorating their car trunks. Kids then go from trunk to trunk asking for treats.

Oakland Park's 2019 Trunk-or-Treat, A "Howling" Good Time!

The City of Oakland Park adopted the idea and has been hosting  Trunk-or-Treat festivities, known as the Halloween Bash for a few years. 

Last night the City of Oakland Park’s 2019 Trunk-or-Treat at Jaco Pastorius, was a “howling” good time! according to City event organizer, Cristina Curry. 

There was live music, bounce houses, food and drinks, a costume contest, crafting and caramel apple making and of course lots of trunks for trick-or-treating!

Seventeen different business participated in the event making it a huge success. Some of the trunk or treat participants included Minuteman Press, After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care, Pro Solar Systems, Everglades Electrical Supply, Sal’s Towing, Art In Oakland Park and Living In Oakland Park too!

Sal’s Towing went all out decorating their “trunk” for the kids. | Photo: Tim Lonergan.

Before the event even started,  kids were lining up ready to trunk-or-treat. Once the event started at 6:00pm the line of trunk-or-treaters began to move. The line of kids moved along from trunk to trunk for nearly 3 hours! Around 9:00 pm the last trunk-or-treaters began to make their way through the line. 

According to Curry, events coordinator for the City the estimated attendance was 4000 people! “The turnout of children was absolutely amazing !” Curry remarked. Having been there I would have to concur, the turnout was amazing. 

The City of Oakland Park did a great job hosting the event. I am sure next year will be even better! 

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Desiree Avila


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