Russellville gears up for downtown Trunk or Treat

By Alison James

alisonjames@fct.wpengine.com

 

No need for tricks in Russellville – plenty of treats can be had at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Trunk or Treat event Saturday.

“Trunk or Treating allows parents the opportunity to stop one time instead of numerous times at different houses. With Trunk or Treating being located on Jackson Avenue, it will give kids a place to walk from car to car in a well-lit area,” said Cassie Medley, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber will host Community Trunk or Treat Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Entrances will be set up at the intersection of Lawrence Street and Jackson Avenue and Madison Street and Jackson Avenue, and cars and tents will fill each parking space on that stretch of Jackson Ave.

Trunk or Treaters will receive a ticket for a free hot dog (donated by churches, while they last) along with a bag (donated by the Chamber) for candy when they check in at once of the two entrances.

“For years Russellville First Baptist, First United Methodist and Russellville Parks and Rec have planned events around Halloween. This event will expand on what they have been doing to include other churches, civic clubs, businesses and be in one location,” Medley said. Medley said a number of groups have signed up to participate. “I’ve had great feedback … Everyone I’ve talked to has said, ‘I’m so glad. It’s about time.’”

Medley said all ages are welcome to attend the Trunk or Treat. Pets are not permitted.

“We ask that all coming to the event use caution – there will be those moving at a slower pace,” Medley said. “Please be considerate of younger children who are carried, are in strollers or walking with their parents.”

Medley added, “Kids will enjoy the candy and costumes along with seeing the creativity of decorating a trunk.”

After Trunk or Treat, the Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council has arranged to show “The Goonies” to round out the evening. Admission will be $5.

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