Trunk or treats adjust for virus

Trick-or-treating is always a favorite activity at Halloween, and this year several Franklin County groups are sponsoring trunk-or-treat events with COVID-19 precautions in mind.

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is having its annual Trunk or Treat in downtown Russellville Oct. 31, in partnership with First Methodist and First Baptist Church of Russellville.

“We appreciate the partnership with Russellville First Baptist and the First United Methodist to have this event,” said Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Director Cassie Medley. “All of us working together equals a successful event.”

The event was previously set for Oct. 28 but was rescheduled because of expected inclement weather.

The event will take place from 5-6 p.m. from Lawrence Street to Madison Street along Jackson Avenue. All decorated vehicles will need to be in a spot by 4 p.m.

Masks will be required to attend; hand sanitizer stations will be available; and there will be one parking space separating each decorated vehicle.

Medley said this year will be different from most years because of virus precautions, but she still anticipates a fun time for families.

Northwest-Shoals Community College is hosting a drive-through trunk-or-treat event on the Phil Campbell campus Oct. 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

NW-SCC public information officer Trent Randolph said NW-SCC is excited to offer its first trunk-or-treat event to the community.

“The college and especially the Phil Campbell campus employees wanted to provide a family-friendly community event for the fall/Halloween,” Randolph said.

Those attending will enter through the main entrance and drive through the decorated trunks. Vehicles will be set up between the library building and the administrative building.

Trunk-or-treaters will stay in their vehicles and hold their bags out of the vehicle window to be filled.

All those handing out treats will be wearing masks after filling out the COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to coming on campus.

Because this is NW-SCC’s first time hosting an event like this, community members are not allowed to come set up their vehicles.