Keeping the Halloween tradition alive was tough in 2020. COVID-19 scared away family gatherings, birthdays and school events but with a little planning and trickery, kids still got their share of treats.
Enter the Trunk or Treat event—one of many “silver linings” of the pandemic that creative organizers like Mackenzie Cesnick used to bring communities together.
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Mackenzie Cesnick, 17, was a senior at Cleveland’s Avon Lake High School, and had been in Girl Scouts for 13 years (since kindergarten) working on her Gold Award, which is the Girl Scouts of USA highest award. Her project was titled “Senior Banners for Orchestra and Choir.”
“For my Girl Scout Award project, I have decided to design, and create senior banners for my orchestra and choir program,” she said. “Every year every person who participates in sports and band during their senior year gets a banner and it gets hung up in the school. The orchestra and choir are the only ones left in the music program that do not receive banners.”
About the Event
To help with the cost of the banners, Cesnick organized a Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot at her high school on Oct. 31.
For the event, ‘Trunkers’ purchased a parking spot for $10 or a double spot for $15. There was also a contest for the best decorated trunk. The ‘Trunkers’ were the only people handing out treats/candy (enough for 250 kids). The ‘Treaters’ were the children/families walking by the ‘trunks’. Organizers also asked that those participating bring a non- perishable good for the Community Resource Services (CRS) in Avon Lake. There was a small $1 fee to attend the event mainly to cover insurance fees and a few other surprises. Any other monetary donations were greatly appreciated.
“Since we aren’t sure what fundraising will look like for the school this year, I wanted to get a fundraiser going to help both booster clubs and the community,” she said.
“So with the unknown of how many households are participating on Halloween night this year due to the COVID pandemic, I thought it would be nice to offer a family-friendly event where it is a one-stop shop. No worries about how far the houses participating are for kids. Yes, we will require masks and social distancing.”
The Avon Lake Girl Scout Service Unit hopes to continue the Trunk-or-Treat event next year with proceeds benefiting scholarships for local Girl Scouts.