Trunk-or-treat may spread to Victoria

Published 3:02 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Kenbridge’s trunk-or-treat Halloween was so successful it may have inspired neighboring Victoria to do something similar.

“It may be something the town will look at next year,” Victoria Mayor Carol Watson said during a town council meeting in early November.

The growing popularity of the Kenbridge Halloween activity would probably preclude Victoria from having their activity on the same night, said Rodney Newton, chief of the Victoria Fire and Rescue Department.

Trunk-or-treat brings Halloween to a parking lot where children can trick or treat in a secure, safe place. It is popular with schools and churches, and in rural areas where homes are far apart, and in places where going door-to-door trick-or-treating isn’t safe.

This year’s Kenbridge trunk or treat event was held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Halloween night on South Broad Street. Supporters asked for donations of candy to be dropped off at a town office, noting that they ran out quickly the year before.

Town council hasn’t decided if there will be a trunk or treat next year, but locals have gushed about the success of this year’s effort.

“Everything just seemed beautiful that night,” Terry Pasco, of Lunenburg County Ministries, told council members during their mid-November meeting.

He noted people indeed dropped off candy at town hall, and some people simply donated money to buy candy.

“We made it a safe night, an enjoyable night for everybody,” he said.

Pasco noted that starting at 5 p.m. is a good time for young children. Meanwhile, Council Member Thomas Palmore noted that if done again is might be best to end an hour earlier at 7 p.m. before dark.