Thornton plans COVID-safe Trunk or Treat substitute

Haunted food drive offers candy and thrills in exchange for food donations

Staff Report
Posted 10/16/20

Thornton organizers hope a COVID-19-safe substitute for the Halloween Trunk or Treat will have the same number of thrills as years past. “We can’t do the normal Trunk or Treat because we normally …

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Thornton plans COVID-safe Trunk or Treat substitute

Haunted food drive offers candy and thrills in exchange for food donations

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Thornton organizers hope a COVID-19-safe substitute for the Halloween Trunk or Treat will have the same number of thrills as years past.

“We can’t do the normal Trunk or Treat because we normally get 4,000 people that come to that,” said Recreation Supervisor Renee Dodson. “We just can’t have that many people, you know, walking around because of social distancing. So this year we’ve decided to do a drive through haunted food drive.”

For 2020, the city has combined the annual candy giveaway with a food drive, giving Trick or Treaters and their families some Halloween scenes to drive through while helping the local community.

“We’re taking some of the scenes we had last year and we’ll place them in the parking lot,” Dodson said. “In addition, we’ll have like 15 trunks that are going to create displays, all bigger than just a trunk. If you’re driving by, they’ll need to be more visible.”

The event is scheduled to run from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30 in the south parking lot at Carpenter Fields. Residents should enter off of 108th and Colorado Boulevard.

“They’ll drive through these two rows of displays, and that’ll lead into four lanes where can drop off food for the food drive and pick up a bag of candy.”

Cars have always been a part of Trunk or Treat. In years past, residents and local businesses have been encouraged to decorate their cars for Halloween, giving away candy to the passing Trick or Treaters. They’ve also hosted series of scary areas last year for the kids to wander through — the scary “Garden of the Ghouls“ and young child-friendly “Boo Bayou“.

This year, people will visit the scary areas from the safety if their own cars. People attending have to be in cars, and they have to remain in them throughout.

“We’ll have a circus, ‘Le Freak de Cirque,’ we’ll have a voodoo area with kind of a swamp and a shack in a cornfield,” Dodson said. “One area will have a pirate theme and then we’ll have a tombstone crypt where the Thornton Dance Team will dance to ‘Thriller.”

At the end, the cars will drop off their bags of food and donations of protective equipment. All of it goes to Thornton’s Amazing Grace Church for its food bank.

‘’We’ll have three to four lanes that they can pull in and we’ll have staff to unload the donations, they’ll get their good bags and be on their way.”

Each car gets one goodie bag, Dodson said.

“We’re doing about 1,000 bags, so we need to do it per vehicle,” she said. “We don’t know how many we’re going to get, but I think it’ll be pretty popular. That’s 1,000 cars going through in three hours. We already have the route planned out, so we have overflow lanes ready if we need them.”

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