Monsters, Martians, and Minions paraded through the parking lot of the Minnesota School of Business – St. Cloud Campus for their 6th annual Trunk or Treat community event.
This year’s event was co-sponsored by Capital One 360 , who volunteered a few helping hands to accommodate the over 2,500 people who visited the many trunks handing out candy and treats. Students and staff decorated their trunks and made their own props and sets for this year’s event, along with numerous community partners and area businesses who also participated in the event.
“Planning was extraordinary and spot on this year. We had the right amount food expected and the highlight was the weather. Sixth straight year of great weather for this outdoor event,” said Eric Hanson, financial aid manager and this year’s organizer.
The event was open to the public and admission was free. All that was asked for was a food donation to the area food shelf at the Salvation Army. The caring hearts from those that attended opened their pantries and donated 516 pounds of food! One family even returned at the end because they had forgotten their donation at home.
The highlight from this Trunk or Treat was definitely the Minion Mayhem Activity Center. Put together by Lisa Smith, program chair for medical assisting and her MA students. They created a large attraction that included giant wooden cutout Minions (homemade!) for a photo op, numerous minion-themed games, and homemade mini minion bottles.
“The best thing of the event was seeing the children’s faces when they saw the minions. Absolutely,” said Jaclyn Sarff, medical assisting student.
Oompa Loompas were also on hand thanks to the massage therapy students and program chair for massage therapy, Michelle Hanson. Mario, Luigi, and friends from the Mushroom Kingdom participated in their own themed trunk and won Best Trunk (Wirth Center for Performing Arts, also first time attendees).
In addition to food donations, people were also eager to make monetary donations as well. Combining that with money raised from food sales, an additional $1147.90 was given to the Salvation Army.
A great big thanks to the Navy Office, Marcus Parkwood 18 Movie Theatre, Grey Face Rescue & Retirement, Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, NFSE – Vote Yes, Waite Park Fire Department, Subway, Chuck E Cheese, Central Perk, Women of Today, American Cancer Society, Texas Roadhouse, Labor Ready, Arise Home Health Care, Capital One 360, Emily Ambreasen, Edina Realty, and all the students/staff that worked together to make this a memorable event for the young and old. For more pictures, visit us on Facebook.