Children with special needs in Burlington County will soon have a new opportunity to safely participate in a family-favorite Halloween activity, thanks to a partnership between Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs, County Sheriff Jean Stanfield, and an array of first responders from our local communities. The two elected officials today announced that they are hosting the county’s first-ever “Trunk or Treat” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, rain or shine, in the parking lot at the County Administration Building in Mount Holly. The free event was planned in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback that was received during a similar Easter egg hunt held this spring.
“I am thrilled to host our second event this year for children with special needs,” said Freeholder Director Gibbs. “During our egg hunt in March, I heard over and over how parents have been searching for an event just like it for their kids and sincerely appreciated the county’s efforts. I knew then that we had to do more. I can’t wait for our “Trunk or Treat” and hope to see many of the same parents and children back again.”
“Trunk or Treat”, a new spin on trick-or-treating, is when the traditional Halloween activity is done from parked car to parked car instead of house to house. Parents can keep a watchful eye on their children, as they collect candy and snacks in a welcoming environment. The Freeholder’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, and local first responders will all be participating with decorated vehicles at the upcoming “Trunk or Treat” event. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag.
“After the amazing response to our inaugural Easter egg hunt earlier this year, we knew we had to build off of that success and organize another event specifically for children with special needs,” said Sheriff Stanfield, who added that the “Trunk or Treat” event will provide a great opportunity for children of all ages to interact with first responders. “Our “Trunk or Treat” allows kids to have safe Halloween fun; their parents don’t have to worry about traffic or crossing the street, all while we come together as a community during a fun social event.”
In March, Freeholder Director Gibbs and Sheriff Stanfield hosted an Easter egg hunt for children with special needs at the County Administration Building. Children participated in small groups and were aided by sound, flashing light and magnetic devices. Participants had the opportunity to enhance socialization with their peers, and increase independence and decision-making skills. The event was so successful another egg hunt is being planned for next year.
Parents and their children who are interested in attending the “Trunk or Treat” should pre-register before Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by calling (609) 265-3788 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is open to children of all ages with special needs. Peanut-free food and other light refreshments will be provided. The County Administration Building is located at 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. In the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors to the ground floor of the County Administration Building with tables set up along the halls for trick-or-treaters.