Trunk or Treat offers safe fun at The River Wesleyan Church

For children who live in the rural areas of southeastern Sussex County, trick-or-treating can be a bit… well, tricky.

Karen Ennis, director of outreach at The River Wesleyan Church in Roxana, said that’s why she decided several years ago that the church should put on a “Trunk or Treat” event.

“It’s a fun and safe event for kids,” she said of the church’s fourth Trunk or Treat, set for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Children will be able to get plenty of treats from about 20 cars that will be parked in the gravel lot at the church, located at 35175 Roxana Road (Route 17). The cars will be decorated for holiday, and some of the owners will be in costume, as well, Ennis said. While the car owners decorate their own cars, all the candy given out has been donated for the event, she said.

After making their way through the “trunks,” families will be invited into the church for more fun. A giant “live” Candyland game, with candy-colored pathways leading to still more sweet confections for the lucky players, will be set up inside for the children to play. A hayride provides the perfect cap for an evening of autumn festivities.

Also during the Trunk or Treat event, free hot dogs and popcorn will be available for the little princesses and superheroes and their families, Ennis said.

The River’s Trunk or Treat has grown each year, with about 400 trunk-or treaters attending the event last year. Ennis said she hopes for even more participants this year.

“I’m not going to lie — it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

For more information, call Karen Ennis at (302) 436-8841.