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Trunk or Treating on Halloween

“We thought we were too late,” a family said Sunday when arriving for the Trunk or Treat with the Kaua‘i Resilience Project at Kukui Grove Center.

“We didn’t have time to do any of the other events taking place in the community, and we figured this was too late. But it looks like we’re right on time.”

Repeating from last year when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Halloween, this year’s version was sold out with more than 290 costumed families and 15 cars participating in getting decorated before offering families a variety of Halloween activities and treats, coordinated by the Kaua‘i Resilience Project, Keiki to Career, and Kaua‘i Planning &Action Alliance.

Marissa Sandblom of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation said her family wasn’t able to attend, but offered a personal contribution to the event.

“We dropped off a bunch of candies and chips to Kaua‘i Planning &Action Alliance this afternoon,” Sandblom said Friday in an email. “We’re not going to be able to be there in person on Sunday, but I’m super-excited there is such a positive response to the event. The Resilience Project has nearly 300 families registered, so maybe about 600 kiddos may be participating.”

Among those participating, the Kaua‘i Lions Club adopted a jungle theme with an ingenious method of dispensing treats in a COVID-19 safe, no-contact method of distribution. A pair of elephants concealed the delivery tube disguised as an elephant’s trunks as Mitzi, dressed as the Lion King, watched the proceedings from the security of owner Muriah Moises’ arms.

One of the goals of the Resilience Project is family involvement, and there were many whose parents joined their keiki in donning costumes and getting involved in getting Halloween treats.

Trunk or Treat with the Kaua‘i Resilience Project was a nice way to wrap up three weekends of Halloween activities designed to allow people to have fun with the holiday and still be in compliance with rules and safety and health guidelines to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Showtime Characters joined the fun on the last day of the virtual costume contest by unveiling two new characters — Dracula and the witch — at the selfie stations, where costumed trick-or-treaters continued to scour the shopping center following the Halloween Festival Saturday.

With bags full of treats, KGC announced the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway this Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Kalepa Road parking lot, the same site as the weekly Monday Pau Hana Market that is a partnership with the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau.
Source: The Garden Island

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