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While heavy rains dampened some of the Halloween events this year the annual Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula Trunk or Treat had a mild Saturday afternoon on October 26th. Nearly two thousand costume wearing kids and adults toured the ghoulishly decorated trunks and truck beds lined up in the parking lot of the Kenai Boys & Girls Club. There were 31 trunks to choose from thanks to the families and businesses that signed up for the event that gave kids a safe place for one stop trick or treating. Dawn Saul’s haunted trailer led the way along Access Rd. “I’m a crazy Halloween person and last year I did a haunted house at my home and no one showed up, so this year I put it on wheels and brought here for everyone to enjoy. My favorite skeletons put on a party inside with zombies hanging out in back in the haunted graveyard and of course the ghoul giving birth to its zombie baby was a big hit in the nursery,” Dawn told the Dispatch. As horrific as the haunted trailer was it didn’t deter even the youngest candy seekers who lined up for their handouts. 10-year-old Naula, dressed as a monster herself, said, “They are gross but not scary and the candy is sweet and nice.” 5-year-old Princess Madelyn was dressed as Rapunzel and her large bag quickly was filled with treats of all kinds, “I like this because we’re not out in the dark going to strangers’ houses. I feel safer bringing my children here and it’s not scary, just a lot of fun,” said Rapunzel’s mom dressed as a queen on her way to the ball. After collecting their treats kids headed inside the Boys & Girls Club where a carnival with lots of fun and games for prizes were going on inside the gym.

“It takes a community effort to make a Trunk or Treat a success,” reported Boys & Girls Club executive director Heather Schloeman, “Many, many thanks to the wonderful sponsors, volunteers, and to everyone who donated items for The Boys & Girls Club Trunk or Treat 2013. We’d like to recognize and celebrate them.

The Mummy of all Sponsors – A special thanks to Homer Electric Association

The Great Pumpkin Sponsors- Thanks to Brown Agency Inc. & Beemun’s Variety

The Ghostbusters Sponsors – Thanks to Peninsula Allergy & Asthma Center & Weaver Brothers

The Witches Brew Sponsor – Thanks to Tesoro

The Candy Corn Sponsors – Thanks to Alaska USA FCU, Industrial Instrument Service, Inc., Three Bears Alaska, Peak Oilfield Service Company, Queen D Entertainment, & Waddell & Reed (Roy Wells)

Volunteers and donations included The Kenai Police Dept., The Kenai Fire Dept., Odom Coca Cola of Kenai, Blockbuster of Kenai, Preferred Plumbing & Heating/Culligan, Ocean Marine Services Inc, Bill Gregg, KSRM Radio Group, The Thornton Family & Friends, The Griffin Family, The River Covenant Church, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, U.S. Coast Guard MSD Homer, Apache Alaska Corporation, The Moose’s Tooth and Bear Tooth, Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association, Carlile, Challenger Learning Center, Kids Class, Ocean Marine Services, Peninsula Allergy & Asthma Center, Queen D Entertainment, Radio Shack Soldotna, Spenard Builders Supply, Udelhoven Oilfield System Services Inc., Merrill Sikorski, Miss Soldotna “Erica”, Jim Montgomery, Heather Perry & Friends, the staff from the Kenai Boys & Girls Club, and everyone else that participated in this fun event. Thanks for helping Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula provide a safe & positive place for kids!”

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