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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.