Clayton Middle hosted fourth annual Trunk-or-Treat
Clayton Middle hosted its fourth consecutive Trunk-or-Treat event on Thursday, October 24. The
event, which was open to the community, boasted candy, games, a trunk
decorating contest, costume contests, inflatable bounce houses, a
haunted hay ride and concessions.
Teachers, parents, and community members decorated trunks and gave out candy to students and children adorned in costumes. Organizers estimate attendance between 800 and 1,000 community members. Organizer Stacey Carr was impressed with the number of people who attended the event. “Year
after year, I am always impressed by the amount of current and former
students who attend [Trunk or Treat] as well as the elementary students
who will one day grace our school,” said Carr. The event is made possible due to donations from the community and volunteers. Volunteers from Kohl’s Cares sold concessions, while much of the candy was donated by students and parents. Clayton Middle teachers decorated trunks and organized student involvement.
school staff continuously impresses me with their dedication to
volunteer their precious time with no monetary incentives—just their
good hearts,” stated Carr. The decorated trunks are a popular attraction because volunteers hand out candy. “It was a lot of fun seeing the young children in their adorable costumes. They
seemed to be having a lot of fun getting candy,” said seventh grade
Math teacher, Kim Bagley.Clayton Middle students attended the event for
various reasons, but most enjoyed spending time with their friends at
the school-sponsored event.
“I didn’t go last year and a lot of people said Trunk or Treat was fun, so I wanted to see what it was like this year. Overall,
it was fun because I got to hang out with my friends and see the
different trunks,” stated Tori Neighbors a seventh grade student who
helped to give out candy with her sister at the trunk they decorated. Trunk or Treat is geared toward families and children of all ages. Some students used this as an opportunity to spend time with their siblings. “I went to Trunk or Treat because my younger brother wanted to go. I took my brother to each of the trunks to get candy,” stated Marissa Polston, a seventh grade student. While spending time with friends and family, many students enjoyed everything Trunk or Treat offered. “Trunk or Treat was fun because you can hang out with your friends, get candy and go on a hayride. I went to get candy,” said sixth grader, Juleigh Clement.
The haunted hayride was a big attraction to many students and community members. Clayton High School donated the equipment for the hayride, including the tractors and trailers. Hudson’s Hardware donated the hay. “I went [on the hayride] because I thought it would be scary. I
liked the graveyard [scene] because it had details like ghosts,” stated
sixth grade student, Cody Pounds. The haunted hayride had something
for everyone, having both scary and comical scenes performed by the
Clayton Middle drama club. “[The Drama club’s] job was to scare [riders] on the hayride. Zombies chased the tractor from a safe distance. We
also had humorous scenes, like Little Red Riding Hood beating the wolf
with an ax,” stated eighth grade student Michael Fleagle. Fleagle oversaw the hayride scenes and ensured the safety of the actors and riders. He believes the hayride was a success with most students. “Younger
kids seemed to like the hayride and the scenes [and] middle school
students seemed to like seeing their friends act out the scenes,”
Fleagle said.Haunted hayride tours were given by Clayton Middle’s
assistant principals, Jocell Flores and Thomas Presti.
Inflatable bounce houses and games were also a part of the festivities. Flores’ picture was humorously used as the witch at the pin-the-hat-on-the-witch game. “It’s all in good fun and I’ll do anything to support our school and our families,” Flores commented. Organizers promise the event will continue as long as the community remains interested.
“Every year more and more people in our community attend and that’s why we keep holding Trunk or Treat. We wouldn’t do it if people stopped coming,” said Carr