For the WPT
It is that time of year again when goblins and ghosts take over our town and no one objects. Halloween is just around the corner and for the fifth year, the churches of Eupora are making it a celebration of families.
“Every year the event has gotten larger and larger,” said the Rev. Trey Harper, pastor of Eupora First United Methodist, “and we could not be more excited.”
For the past four years, First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church have taken over Gold Street between the Baptist church and the United Methodist parsonage for this family-friendly event, featuring decorated trunks, tons of candy as well as free hotdogs and drinks.
“After the huge turnout last year, the organizers from both churches decided we needed to find explore a new home,” Harper explained.
And they have found it. This year, the annual Community Trunk-N-Treat will be downtown on Dunn Street on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6-7 p.m.
“A special thanks to Mayor (Tommy) Lott, the city and to the Eupora Police Department for working with us to help move this event downtown. Not only will we have more space for cars, but we will also have better lighting and are hoping to get even more people involved,” Harper said.
For the past four years the United Methodist church and the Baptist church were joined by St. John Neumann Catholic Church for the event. With the closure of the Catholic church, organizers are hoping to expand the event and incorporate more area churches and organizations.
“We are really hoping to make contact with other area churches and other community organizations, for that matter,” said Harper. “Instead of everyone trying to do their own thing, we can do even bigger and better things together. And we are hoping for not just additional churches, but maybe other community organizations. Anyone who wants to decorate a trunk, or trunk or table and pass our candy is more than welcome. We created this event to help us turn a somewhat murky holiday into a true celebration of families. Any group that likes the sound of that is more than welcome to join us.”
There is still much to do in preparation for the event, said organizers. They are planning to contact local businesses downtown to invite them to participate that night as well. The Eupora Police Department will be blocking off the street beginning around 5:30 p.m. until the event is over around 7:30 p.m.
This will give organizers time to set up and clean up. If your church or organization would like to participate you can contact the First United Methodist Church at 258-2611 or drop by either church office.
“We truly hope that the community will turn out and help us celebrate the gift from God that is the gift of family and children,” Harper said.