Nicole Adkins and her children, Jordin, right, and Shane, left, attend the first Eastpointe Odd Fellows trunk-or-treat event in 2019. They will be returning for the organization’s celebration this year as well.

Nicole Adkins and her children, Jordin, right, and Shane, left, attend the first Eastpointe Odd Fellows trunk-or-treat event in 2019. They will be returning for the organization’s celebration this year as well.

Photo provided by Nicole Adkins


Kids can get candy at Eastpointe Odd Fellows trunk-or-treat

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 16, 2020

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EASTPOINTE — Although many trick-or-treating opportunities are canceled this year due to COVID-19, the Eastpointe Odd Fellows chapter is still offering its trunk-or-treating event on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Taking place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Odd Fellows Lodge, located at 23322 Gratiot Ave., event organizer Joseph Hickman said they wanted to move forward with the trunk-or-treat this year not only to continue to provide a fun program for local children, but also to help collect food for those in need.

“This is our second-annual trunk-or-treat,” he said. “Last year was the first year, and it was a smashing success. Earlier in the year, we had poor results for our food drive. We thought this was a good way to get out into the community and bring in some families. We ask for one food donation item per child if possible. It lets us collect a lot of food for people in need.”

Hickman recognized the continuing risk of COVID-19 and said they are having their volunteers stick to strict safety protocols and ask anyone in attendance to do the same.

“Obviously there’s some risks with doing anything right now,” he explained. “All we can do is follow the best advice as far as safety and distance and wearing masks and gloves. We intend to follow what the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends. We’re doing our best to maintain social distancing when they’re going through. We just want to have a good, engaging experience for the community with everything going on right now. There’s been so much weight on people the last six or seven months, we want to give people something fun.”

The Odd Fellows are asking those who wish to take part in the trunk-or-treat to be responsible and considerate of others.

“We’re going to do everything as safe and healthy as possible,” said Hickman. “We’ll have gloves and masks available as well as hand sanitizer. We want to do everything in place for the kids to have a good time. You shouldn’t show up if you’re feeling sick; we’ve talked to our members about that.”

Eastpointe resident Nicole Adkins was among the attendees at the first Eastpointe Odd Fellows trunk-or-treat alongside her children, Jordin and Shane. They will be returning to this year’s event in costume with Adkins handing out candy from her car.

“It gets people in the community more involved,” she said. “I think this is the only trunk-or-treat in Eastpointe. They were really friendly; people are so helpful, I think anyone would love this event. It turned out awesome and it was a lot bigger than we expected. I hope it’s the same this year.”

She went on to say that she was pleased at the level of precautions the Odd Fellows are taking for health safety and that they are wonderful hosts for such an event.

“I’m not really worried about COVID because they are taking precautions about everything,” Adkins remarked. “(Last year they were) very organized, the food was delicious and it was really helpful. We ran out of candy and they ran out and got more for us. They were very considerate.”

There is no cost or registration necessary to attend the event.

“You can just show up for the event,” said Hickman. “The Eastpointe police will be in attendance and also will be giving out things to the kids. We want people to come, be safe and have a good time.”

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