Elkdale Trunk or Treat: Building community tradition

Published 8:35 am Friday, October 20, 2023

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Each year, Elkdale Baptist Church hosts a fall extravaganza – the Trunk or Treat event. Held on campus at 2221 Elkdale Street, this annual event has become a cornerstone of the community, drawing in thousands of participants for a night of fun, fellowship and of course candy.

With 25-30 creatively decorated trunks filled with goodies, the church encourages children to put on their costumes and come out to enjoy a safe and fun-filled evening offering something for the whole family.  

There’s even a special addition to the festivities this year. 

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In addition to offering a fun and safe environment, the church is also providing spiritual support to the community.

Ashley Potvin, a ministry assistant at the church, explained that this year guests will have the opportunity to pray with someone if they so desire.  

“This year there will be a prayer tent,” Potvin said. “A pastor or our children’s director will be onsite to offer prayers for anyone that is in need.”

The main attraction for any child is, of course, the candy. Church members have been generously donating candy to ensure that there’s enough to go around and members of the wider community are also encouraged to donate.  Donations to support the cause can be made at the church’s front office. 

But it’s not just about the candy, Potvin explained. The church sees this event as a wonderful way to connect with people in the community. 

Potvin emphasized the significance of this outreach program.

“Our Trunk or Treat event is our largest outreach program,” she said. “We do this every year and it’s a wonderful way to foster connections within the community”.  

In addition to candy, the church will also be handing out bags with devotionals and church information. 

The event takes place on Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. The young and the young at heart are invited to come out for a night of fun and fellowship.