CLARKS GREEN — Candy. Pony rides. Inflatable obstacle course. Petting zoo. Door prizes.
Clarks Green Assembly of God (CGAG), 204 S. Abington Road, is offering all this and more for free to area families at its “Trunk or Treat” event, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 in the church’s parking lot. Coffee will be available for purchase during the event from Duffy’s Coffee Trailer.
According to Brian Mascaro, who stepped into the role of children’s pastor at CGAG at the beginning of September, the church hosted similar events in the past, but not quite like this.
“What we really wanted to do for this event is meet different needs of the community,” he said. “It’s a place for them to come to, where they don’t have to walk down all the streets – they can just be in one area, a closed off parking lot.”
Each of the vehicle trunks will be decorated to represent a different area of ministry at the church, such as its annual live nativity show and the girls ministry. Children of all ages are welcome to come dressed in costumes, but are not required to do so, and can collect candy from the various trunks.
Mascaro said it is important to the church to offer the event free of charge, as many people can’t afford to bring their kids to paid activities.
“There are a lot of different places around here that give the same thing,” he said. “Obviously, you can go get coffee at Duffy’s or you can go to…petting zoos and different things like that, but not every family has the same opportunity to do those things with the cost, so we wanted give a little bit of each of these to any family that may not have the same privileges of other families in the area that can go to these places.”