Trunk or Treat

by Erin Brown

This year Peace and Education Coalition High School, our long-term partner in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, hosted its first “Trunk or Treat” event in the parking lot of its Second Chance campus. Just before dusk on Tuesday, October 30th, a group of about twenty cars formed a loose circle with trunks open and facing out.

One trunk was decorated with a web spun from yarn, complete with a giant, hairy spider. Another was draped in a blue tablecloth and transformed into Cookie Monster. The car across from me boasted a sign that read “Fingers—$1 per lb.” Students from PECHS offered a hoop game at their spot, and a delighted cluster of witches, super heroes, princesses and zombies lined up for their turn.

I was at the event representing Literature for All of Us with free books, lots of candy (but not enough!), and a display of foliage, butterflies, and luminaries. The event was more successful than even the organizers hoped, with somewhere near 200 children attending. When I ran out of candy and books, I started dismantling my display, handing out silk flowers and butterflies.

It was a beautiful way to spend an evening—standing in support with a vibrant community in our city, and joining one of our partners in providing a safe, spooky, and magical evening for trick or treaters and their families. There is talk of making it an annual event, and I hope to make it a new LFAOU tradition as well.