EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Odd Fellows are inviting the community to join them for a trunk or treat celebration Oct. 25.
This is the first year the Eastpointe chapter of the community action group has hosted such an event, and its members are hoping to bring in Eastpointe and Roseville residents for an enjoyable and spooky evening. The event also will serve as a catalyst for a food drive.
“The premise was to give kids a safe place to get some treats while increasing our output for the food drive,” said Odd Fellows member Joe Hickman. “This is the first year we’re doing this. It was my idea. Last year, our food drive didn’t go so well. I had been reading how trunk or treats on the weekends before Halloween were becoming more popular, and I thought it might be a good match.”
The group is asking for a donation of one nonperishable food item per child in lieu of an admission fee. The trunk or treat will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Odd Fellows meeting hall at 23322 Gratiot Avenue in Eastpointe.
“We are requesting people bring one nonperishable food item per child taking part,” said Hickman. “If people can’t contribute, we’re not going to turn their children away, but we would like to collect some food for the needy as we head into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.”
The Odd Fellows described the event as a traditional trunk or treat in which kids in costume will be trick-or-treating in the parking lot of the hall, getting candy as they go from car to car instead of house to house.
“We’re hoping to get more people involved and get some families out with something for the kids,” said event organizer Mike Rubino. “We like showing people we’re still out there and working for the community. We always try to help people in the community, and we also will be taking applications for assistance and our kids Christmas giveaway program in December.”
They will also be hosting a “slider night” following the trunk or treat. The Eastpointe chapter regularly hosts such events, which are cookouts featuring slider hamburgers and other snacks.
“Slider night will have two sliders and fries for $5,” explained Hickman. “There will be other things, like cheese sticks and drinks, for sale as well. It’s more of a coincidence we have them on the same night. We do slider nights regularly, but we saw the two being around the same time, so we thought we could have better attendance for both if we combined them. … People are welcome to partake in both events.”
Hickman said they have several members ready to help give out candy and prepare food, but they are looking for more people who may be interested.
“We’ve got 11 members signed up for the trunk or treat to give out candy,” he said. “We are hoping to get more than 20 by the time of the event. If other people are interested in giving out candy, they are welcome. We will be giving out a gift basket for best display.”
Those interested in giving away candy can contact Hickman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to take part.
Hickman and his fellow Odd Fellows are hoping this will raise awareness of their organization.
“We would like the opportunity to grow and learn and expand,” remarked Hickman. “We’ve been in Eastpointe for many years here at Gratiot and Nine Mile, so anything else we’re able to do to increase our support for the neighborhood is something we want to do.”
Rubino said both parts of the event should be fun for the whole family, and he hopes this will encourage more people to join the Odd Fellows.
“There’s a good atmosphere, there’s something fun for the kids, it’s very inviting and (the Odd Fellows) always like to have people in. We usually have a good crowd for our slider nights, so we think this should be even better combining with a trunk or treat,” he said. “We’re still around and we are always looking for new members. We will be happy to give someone an application at the event or if they just want to drop by.”