DETROIT, Mich.— Montford Point Marine Corps League Auxiliary held its second annual Halloween trunk-or-treat event on Oct. 29 in Detroit.
The Montford Point Marine Corps League Auxiliary (MPMCLA) is an organization that provides support for veterans and their families through various activities and programs. The MPMCLA is active with the communities around them, hosting events and offering scholarships for high school students preparing for college.
The trunk-or-treat event was held to connect local veterans with members of the community. Many attendees were unfamiliar with the MPMCLA before attending the event.
“The Marine Corps building has been around since the ‘60s. There is so much history here that people don’t know about and we knew a trunk or treat would get people involved,” MPMCLA secretary Sydney Owens said.
Throughout the three hours of the event, about 150 people attended with their children and costumes. The event had a building full of candy stations, along with Halloween decor and activities for children to participate in. MPMCLA members decorated each table with different characters, such as Black Panther, Batman, Barbie and Mario Bros.
“I found out about it from my husband. He went to school with one of the girls that’s here. I think she may have helped host it,” attendee Jelease White said.
White attended with her daughter Jelani and mother Jackie and stayed for a while before attending another trunk-or-treat event.
“I love what they are doing for the community. I stay right up the street from here, so I know I had to come out and support,” Jackie White said.
Jackie White expressed that she has an interest in helping set up for next year’s event and shared photos of her family from this year on her Facebook page.
“I heard about this event from a friend of a friend. I brought my nephew out here before Halloween,” first-year attendee Damian Dawson said.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, the organization will be announcing upcoming events on its website, but Owens confirmed there will be another trunk-or-treat event next year.