By LORI PINELLI - For the Star Beacon
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP —
Trunk-or-Treat is the latest twist on the Halloween ritual of collecting sweets. Costumed children trick-or-treat among parked vehicles with open trunks, full of treats and spooky decorations. The Plymouth Township Fire Department, at 1001 Plymouth Road, will host a Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The department’s parking lot will be used, as well as the nearby parking lot of the former Plymouth Elementary School. For safety’s sake, patrons will park across the street from the Halloween candy tailgaters. Drivers will be directed where to park when they arrive. Plymouth Fire Chief, Bill Strubbe said the fire department will supply traffic control for crossing the street.
“This is primarily for people who live in rural areas that don’t have trick-or-treaters come to their homes, but want to give out candy,” he said.
“Those who want to give out candy from their cars should come a half hour to one hour early. They may decorate the car. Trustees ask that there be no really gory graphic displays,” Strubbe said.
Conventional door-to-door trick-or-treating will still take place in Plymouth on Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., according to Kevin Presley, township trustee.
“We’re not taking over regular trick-or-treating. We’re just trying to make it user-friendly for people who don’t like to drive around in a rural community,” Presley said.
“This is our first year doing this (Trunk-or-Treat) and we’re not sure how many to expect,” he said.
As in years past, cotton candy and popcorn will again be given to trick-or-treaters by the fire department. In addition, the East Plymouth Grange will hold a family-friendly party inside the community room of the fire department from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween.
“We’ll have hot dogs, refreshments, games and a costume parade,” said Denise Hodges, treasurer of the Grange.
She said the Grange is having their Halloween party at the Fire Hall this year to support the community gathering.
Rebekah Rice, a mother of two in Plymouth, asked township trustees last spring to try the Halloween tailgating event. They agreed and told residents of the upcoming Trunk-or-Treat in the fall township newsletter.
“In the seven years that we’ve lived in Plymouth, no trick-or-treaters ever came to our house. We were missing out on the fun of passing out candy. Only a slim amount of people participate and have their lights on,” said Rice.
After a friend invited Rice and her children to a Trunk-or-Treat in Rock Creek, she wanted it in her neighborhood.
“It’s safer, uses less gas and is more neighborly. You’ll see someone you met at Grange or church and may want to know better. It’s also important to keep our children together, especially because the (Plymouth) Elementary School is gone,” she said.
Rice said she hopes that Trunk-or-Treat will become a Halloween tradition in Plymouth that will last many years. For more information, call Rebekah Rice at 992-2806.
Penilli is a freelance writer.