Employees of Reliance Connects came out to the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Mesquite Police Department. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Employees of Reliance Connects came out to the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Mesquite Police Department. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Mesquite Police Department Detective Sergeant John Woods said the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat event held for the second time at the CasaBlanca Parking Garage saw more children and vendors than in 2015, marking it as another successful year.

Smart Style, a salon inside of Wal-Mart, took the award for Most Festive Trunk at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat held at the CasaBlanca Parking Garage on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Smart Style, a salon inside of Wal-Mart, took the award for Most Festive Trunk at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat held at the CasaBlanca Parking Garage on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

“It was a huge success,” said Woods, the event organizer. “We changed some things around to make it safer for the kids and made it better.”

This year, parking was shifted and one of the access points to West Mesquite Boulevard was blocked off to better control vehicles. Last year, there were issues with people double parking, blocking other vehicles in and long lines of people blocking the cars in.

The Mesquite Local News presented the scariest Trunk for this year's festivities and took home the award for Spookiest Trunk at the 10th Annual Trunk Or Treat Oct. 31. On the left is Editor Barbara Ellestad and to the right is Teri Nehrenz. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

The Mesquite Local News presented the scariest Trunk for this year’s festivities and took home the award for Spookiest Trunk at the 10th Annual Trunk Or Treat Oct. 31. On the left is Editor Barbara Ellestad and to the right is Teri Nehrenz. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

But with a little bit of planning, the MPD changed it up and made it much safer. A big screen television playing cartoons and the Virgin Valley High School Cheerleaders entertained the kids while they waited patiently in line. In all, 34 vehicles from local businesses with loads of candy helped thousands of children celebrate Halloween.

“It’s a lot of work,” said MPD Chief Troy Tanner, “but the reward of seeing the kids happy and safe is well worth it. We look forward to this every year.”

Visitors passing through the MLN's swamp arrived with hesitation but gladly took as much candy as they were given at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Visitors passing through the MLN’s swamp arrived with hesitation but gladly took as much candy as they were given at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Two awards were given out for this year’s trunks. The first, for Most Spookiest went to Mesquite Local News for its zombie swamp theme designed by Teri Nehrenz, Shannon Hall and Dave Jordan with the help of Editor Barbara Ellestad. Several kids refused to enter the small pathway because the props were so convincing. “We just love being part of the community,” Ellestad said. “What better way than to be out here with them!”

The other award, for Most Festive Trunk, went to Smart Style Salon from inside Wal-Mart. Their truck was near the beginning of the maze and was lit up with several ghosts, pumpkins and other props that invited all participants to share in the happiness of Halloween.

Mesa View Hospital representatives Doris Baeza and others helped make sure there was enough candy to go around as they participated in the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Mesa View Hospital representatives Doris Baeza and others helped make sure there was enough candy to go around as they participated in the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

The MPD has already confirmed it will continue the Trunk or Treat next year and donations are always welcome from the community. This year, they asked some of the more generous donors to specify their gifts for this event as it cost the MPD nearly $1,200 for supplies and candy. “We really couldn’t do this without the support of the community and businesses,” Tanner said.

No event would be complete without the stylish representatives from Smith's Food and Drug. Here, Kris King and Mary Ferguson prepare to greet the community at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat Event on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

No event would be complete without the stylish representatives from Smith’s Food and Drug. Here, Kris King and Mary Ferguson prepare to greet the community at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat Event on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Anyone wishing to donate to this or their other events, such as Shop With A Cop, which is coming in December, are encouraged to drop off their donations at the MPD Station, 695 Mayan Circle, during normal business hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mesquite Gaming showed up with their limo and a lot of pumpkins with a sign many would recognize from a certain zombie show. Nonetheless, the representatives were all smiles as they waited for the mass amounts of visitors to come through the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Mesquite Gaming showed up with their limo and a lot of pumpkins with a sign many would recognize from a certain zombie show. Nonetheless, the representatives were all smiles as they waited for the mass amounts of visitors to come through the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

The MLN's swamp wasn't complete without their Swamp Monster that even made some parents hesitant to approach at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

The MLN’s swamp wasn’t complete without their Swamp Monster that even made some parents hesitant to approach at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

 

City Clerk Tracy Beck represented the city well with the back of her PT Cruiser at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat Event sponsored by the Mesquite Police Department. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

City Clerk Tracy Beck represented the city well with the back of her PT Cruiser at the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat Event sponsored by the Mesquite Police Department. Photo by Stephanie Clark.