POTTSTOWN PA – There were Jedi knights with frosting on their faces. Evil prom princesses with angelic smiles. Superheroes with their fists full of cookies (sugar cookies, actually, and rumor was they were so delicious even the bad guys wanted a bite). There were witches, goblins, clowns, fairy tale queens. Oh, and there were adults who made it all possible.
And, scariest of all!, there was a principal equipped with a bullhorn.
You could find all that and more Saturday afternoon (Oct. 19, 2013) in the front parking lot of Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School on Buchert Road, where children in grades 3, 4 and 5 from across the Pottsgrove School District turned out (with their parents in tow) by the dozens for a trunk-and-treat event organized by the school Parent-Teacher Organization.
Principal Yolanda Williams (she of the bullhorn; and no, not one from an ox, but one that helped her be heard above peals of laughter and squeals of delight) called the crowd “fantastic.” Those who came obviously “had a fun time,” she said.
Unfamiliar with trunk-and-treat? It’s much like trick-or-treat, but instead of going from house to house, children travel from trunk to opened trunk among cars parked in the lot. The carefully planned event is safer than being out on the streets on Halloween, and the treats generally are more elaborate (some little hands were laden with cupcakes that Food Channel chefs would have drooled over).
No tricks were in evidence, either. Unless, of course, someone secretly removed the batteries from the principal’s bullhorn. Naaah.
According to a variety of Facebook status updates posted later Friday night, credit for the Lower Pottsgrove affair goes to a large number of volunteers, parents, school staffers, donors, and members of Girl Scout Junior/Cadette Troop 7455.
A similar trunk-and-treat is scheduled for next Saturday (Oct. 26) from 4-6 p.m. at West Pottsgrove Elementary School for the benefit of its kindergarten through second grade students. At Ringing Rocks Elementary, the PTO will supply snacks to accompany an Oct. 31 Halloween parade at the school.
- The Post was on hand at Lower Pottsgrove and took several photos that appear in the slideshow, above.
- There are more photos to come, according to the principal; apparently to be e-mailed to The Post early next week. As soon as they’re received they will be added to the current slideshow, and we’ll let readers know of their availability.
- Do you have photos from Saturday’s event you’d like to share? E-mail them to The Post at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll add them in too!