Halloween festivities were enjoyed by the local community at the Trunk-or-Treat event, co-hosted by Reinhardt University and Waleska United Methodist Church.
The Reinhardt Homecoming Week event, held Wednesday, Oct. 26, took place in the Hagan Chapel Parking Lot from 6-8 p.m. Rev. Tim Emmett, pastor of Waleska UMC, counted the event as a success.
“This year’s event probably drew twice as many people as last year. Hundreds of children from Waleska came to our Trunk-or-Treat last night. The parking lot was packed all night long,” Emmett said. “Reinhardt students did a great job welcoming the children, cheering them on as they completed activities, and making sure that they had a very positive experience. With the help of the Reinhardt community, we definitely achieved our goal of providing a fun and safe Trunk-or-Treat experience for the families in our community.”
The event included decorated trunks, food, members of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff, and, of course, costumes and candy.
Waleska UMC’s Director of Children’s Ministries, Cheryl Griffin, described the church’s involvement in the community event.
“Waleska UMC participated in many ways, including the prayer, advertising and promotion of the event throughout the community,” Griffin said. “We also participated by donating candy for trunk sponsors to utilize (there were 10 trunks there which were sponsored by Waleska UMC members), inviting the fire department and sheriff’s office to participate, providing and serving over 230 hot dogs, along with chips and drinks, sharing the love of our Lord with all who attended, and enjoying the interaction with the Reinhardt students!”
Sophomore Psychology major Ally Vieira was one of many students who enjoyed the event.
“There were great people that came out and great music,” Vieira said. “Everyone had a fun time setting up and interacting with the kids. My favorite part was definitely seeing the kids’ faces light up every time they did well in the corn hole or knocking down our bowling pins, and meeting a baby dressed up as Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, just like me, was pretty cool too!”
Written By: Adria Mulrooney. Photo By: Adria Mulrooney