Local trick-or-treaters and their families have had plenty of free options this year as several area churches have provided trunk-or-treat activities leading up to Halloween.
Church-hosted activities were divided between those held on Sunday evening and others that took place on Tuesday night.
One of the larger events was hosted by First United Methodist Church of Pilot Mountain, which built upon its annual trunk-or-treat to host a diverse evening of entertainment for youngsters and their families.
From 4-6 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the church parking lot was filled with vehicles decorated in an assortment of creative themes while owners offered candy for all. Among the favorites were M & M candies, Legos, Christmas, Jurassic Park, a popular fast food restaurant, Where’s Waldo, a farm and a pirate. They were accompanied by multiple equally creative but more traditional Halloween themed trunks.
Inside the church’s Family Life Center, guests were treated to hot dogs, chips and drinks.
A section of the Family Life Center was roped off for Cub Scouts from Pilot Mountain Pack 545, which meets at the church. Pack members and leaders hosted a Bear Den Carnival, providing a variety of games and activities in which youngsters could win prizes.
The varied attractions drew a steady stream of families throughout the early evening with youngsters enjoying games and candies while adults relaxed over hot dogs and conversation.