Halloween event deemed a sweet success

Published 8:19 am Friday, November 13, 2009

To the Editor:

A few of years ago I went to a friend’s church event where they had decorated their cars for a “trunk or treat”. Such a great idea — a safe alternative to the door-to-door trick or treating in a well lit environment.

So when proposing the community event with Pastor Jeremy of River of Life Baptist Church, his only real requirement was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

The weather seemed to be against us, but we were determined to have some fun. The gray skies and drizzle were a little disheartening at first, and then the sun peeked out.

We met at the Paul D. Camp Community College parking lot on College Drive in Franklin and parked about 20 cars waiting for the little ghouls and goblins. April Truitt (a.k.a. “Wonder Woman”) set up tables for a pumpkin craft to “shine with the light of Jesus.”

Honestly, we didn’t expect many and figured that the extra candy would end up going home with us. Little did we know there were a few hundred participants on their way to grab some goodies. We even had to make an emergency candy run to stretch the two-hour time limit that we had been given by the college.

Valerie Deen won the car decorating contest for her handmade Peanuts Patch. Pastor Jeremy Naim was the late Billy Mays complete with the OxyClean bucket; Mike Simpson was the Geico caveman. Ginger Nairn and I each dressed as Flo the Progressive lady. Other honorable mentions were Grandma, Elvis, a Woodland Fairy and a “Drama” Queen.

The seemingly dreary day ended up warm and breezy and perfect, despite the earlier conditions. Thank you to Paul D. Camp and all who helped make this possible. The turnout of children and parents made this event a sweet success. Look for much more next year from your friends at The River. To see more pictures from the event please visit the Web site, www.riveroflifefranklin.com

Lori Simpson