By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – There was no short supply of Halloween spirit on Jefferson Street Wednesday night as three downtown churches held a “trunk or treat” event.
Cars lined the curbs, trunks agape and festooned with decorations. It’s an annual event, but this year for the first time it included a collaborative effort among First United Methodist, First Presbyterian and All Saints’ Episcopal churches.
“There are a lot more people here than we expected,” said Sallie Kate Ray of First Presbyterian.
Around 300 skeletons, super heroes, pilgrims and princesses of all ages and sizes roamed Jefferson Street between Robins and Green streets. This year is the first year in which the street has been blocked off to prevent traffic hazards.
“It’s great that they shut down the whole street. It’s still like door-to-door, but a lot safer,” said Mike Crisp, who attended trunk-or-treat with his wife Ashley and their sons Phoenix, 2, and Arasmus, 4.
“It’s a lot less work on us as parents,” Ashley said.
Monya Lowe and her five children are new to Tupelo, hailing from the Delta. The family was very impressed with Tupelo’s community spirit.
“I love it,” she said. “We’ve never seen this kind of thing before. It’s so creative,” Monya said.
The adult candy-givers get just as excited about decorating their cars as the kids did about perfecting their costumes. Hank and Helen Boerner, First Presbyterian members who participate regularly in the trunk-or-treat celebration, offered candy from under the hood of a vintage pumpkin-colored Volkswagen Beetle.
“Trunk-or-treat is like a Halloween tailgate party,” he said.
Some vehicles were adorned with hay bales and pumpkins, while others were done up like haunted houses.
“Everyone loves a really spooky trunk. We really go all out for the kids” said Ray, in her pointed red witch hat. “I change it up every year, but I always use lots of spiders.”
The churches offered baked goods, grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, and inflatable slides for attendants to enjoy.