MONROE – It might have poured down rain on Oct. 31, but trick-or-treating went on at the Community Shelter of Union County’s first community-wide Halloween festivities.
Kids of all ages in costumes, ranging from scary to sweet, visited the shelter’s offices to fill their bags with candies, donated by volunteers in costume.
“We were amazed with the turnout,” CEO Kathy Bragg said. “For our first time and with the weather, we had no idea how many would come. We are thrilled to see so many from the community come celebrate the holiday with families in the emergency shelter. It was heart-warming.”
The event was planned as a trunk or treat in the parking lot, but volunteers and staff brought the festivities inside.
“We didn’t want to cancel this special time for kids,” Bragg said. “They look forward to it for days. It would have been a shame to cancel. Fortunately, we have the space in our new facility to accommodate the crowd.
“We want to utilize our space for community events as well as for specific services, and this is another opportunity to do so.”