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Milligan event kicks off time of treats

Jennifer Sprouse • Oct 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM

MILLIGAN COLLEGE — Milligan College played host to many famous faces Tuesday night, including Peter Pan, Elmo and many Disney princesses.

The college’s annual Trunk or Treat night welcomed the community from 6:30-8:30 p.m. underneath a white-top tent on Milligan’s Mary Sword Campus commons, which gave some protection to those trick or treating from the chilly outside weather conditions.

The night was sponsored by Milligan group LINC (Linking Individuals to the Needs of the Community).

Amanda Sheppard, LINC member and sophomore at Milligan, said so far the crowd of trick or treaters were coming in strong, with numbers in past years topping near 300-400 kids.

“We expect that it’s probably going to be down a little bit this year with the weather, but so far it’s looking pretty good,” Sheppard said. “Trunk or Treat has gone on here at Milligan, this is about the seventh year, so we just like to have a way to get students involved in giving back to the community and it also gives a safe environment for kids to come and trick or treat.”

Brianna Dugger, along with her sister Jolene and mother Melissa, were standing in the long line, waiting to get to the next trunk.

Brianna, dressed as a rock star with a guitar, said while this was her first Trunk or Treat at Milligan, it was fun seeing all of the different costumes and getting all of the different candy.

Melissa said while she and her girls have celebrated Halloween once already with a Trunk or Treat at their church, she was glad she came to Milligan’s event.

“It’s safe. The most important part is people helping out in the community, helping children,” she said. Along with visiting the 17-18 different-themed trunks, kids could also participate in some other Halloween related activities.

“We have a Mad Scientist game, where kids can take their hands and put it in like spaghetti and cooked beans and things and dig out prizes,” said Allison Nauman, graduate student at Milligan and LINC member. “We have a cake walk and it works sort of like musical chairs and we have cakes donated from area bakeries that kids can win if they win the cake walk.”

Nauman said Trunk or Treat is always a fun time for all involved, with kids getting to trick or treat as well as the college students getting to reminiscence about when they were little by dressing up themselves.

West Walnut Street in Johnson City will be hosting a trick or treating event today from 3-5 p.m., where kids and their families can safely go around to nearby businesses and collect a sweet treat, according to the Washington County-Johnson City Chamber of Commerce.

The Elizabethton Downtown Business Association will also be hosting an event from 3-5 p.m. on Elk Avenue, as an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating.

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