University Christian Church members and Fort Worth families came together to celebrate Halloween on Sunday evening during the sixth annual Trunk or Treat event.
The event is a mix between trick-or-treating and a tailgate as children walk from car to car and ask for candy. Many of the cars were decorated with certain themes and some of the drivers passing out candy even dressed up in costumes.
“It’s a community event that our church and families put together,” said Kera Watts, director of UCC’s children’s ministries. “They decorate trunks and provide a fun atmosphere for families to come and spend a relaxed evening and just having fun.”
Watts said the church wants to support families and offers volunteer opportunities for church members to give back to the community.
“We also have a lot of volunteers that help prepare food, purchase items and just keep the whole event running throughout the evening,” Watts said. “It’s just a good way to feel nice about doing something great for others.”
One such volunteer was UCC youth member Connor Nolan, who ran one of the games and handed out candy to children.
“I feel like it’s a good way to give back to the community,” Nolan said. “I feel like I’ve been well served living here by this church and the community. So it’s a chance to give back to them for that.”
Another volunteer, John Andrus, grilled and served about 700 hot dogs at the event.
Andrus said the Trunk or Treat event is one of his favorite events at UCC.
“It brings out tons of people from both the church and the community,” Andrus said. “The kids are all dressed up in their costumes and they have a great time trick-or-treating at all different decorated cars.”
To Erinn Mioler, a youth member of the church, Trunk or Treat is a family tradition. Mioler said it is a great event and she enjoys handing out candy to children that may not have a chance to go to trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
“I come back every year,” Mioler said. “My family started doing it when I was little and I took over this year.”
TCU student Josh Jackson, a sophomore religion major, participated in the event and decorated his truck with an island theme.
“I think it’s good to reach out to the community and this is my church,” Jackson said. “It’s really cute to see all the neighborhood kids come out and have a safe experience.”