Bethel Temple hosts Trunk or Treat

Bethel Temple Community Church, at 4400 Lincoln Avenue, will host Trunk or Treat. 8000 people are expected to attend this huge event.

There will be carnival rides, inflatables, classic car show, games and lots of candy for the kids. Trunk or Treat is a safe, supervised, "no-fear" annual event held on Halloween at Bethel Temple from 5:30-8PM on the campus of Bethel Temple Community Church / Evansville Christian School. 

Trunk or Treat began October, 2001, following 9/11 when many parents became fearful about "trick or treating" in dark neighborhoods.

Its primary purpose is to provide a controlled, family-friendly environment for preschool and elementary kids, dads, moms, and even grandparents to enjoy fellowship, cars, games and candy. 

Revenue generated from wristband sales help offset event expenses: outdoor sound systems (east & west parking lots), candy, amusement rides, inflatable's, tents, vertical climbing wall, 1/8 scale train, 16 preschool/17 elementary games, safety fencing around event, food (hot dogs, soft drinks, chips, cotton candy and more). 

Ever since the beginning, another favorite event of Trunk or Treat has been the locomotive. It's no toy. People of all ages can actually ride it!

Evansville residents Jim and Carol Turner operate it. Jim is the engineer and Carol is the conductor. Jim built the cars by hand. He's been working with old cars and trains for over 50 years.

The locomotive is a replica of the Louisville and Nashville train that used to run through Evansville. It precedes CSX.

The train is an SW1500 and runs on gasoline. It can hold 20-30 people at a time and makes three laps.

No tickets are needed to ride.

Admission includes purchase of wristband and canned good for the Evansville Christian Life Center Food Pantry.

In addition, 100% of revenue, exceeding Trunk or Treat expenses, is donated to the Evansville Christian Life Center to help them provide assistance throughout our community in the areas of Life Care Services, Community Outreach, Pregnancy Care Services and Recovery Care Services.

For children from under-resourced families, purchasing a wristband is not an option.  Trunk or Treat aims to ensure every child wishing to attend, can.  Last year we were able to provide free wristbands to children attending area schools, as well as, free wrist bands to Military Families (approximately 33% of children attending received free admission).  Wristband sales help provide the revenue necessary to host Trunk or Treat; however, access for ALL children is our primary objective.

Trunk or Treat launched with an attendance of 1,500 people, 285 volunteers and 38 vehicles in 2001. In 2011 Trunk or Treat included:

  • 8455 kids, parents and adults (including 574 volunteers)
  • 106 vehicles including cars, motorcycles, Eric Paul's Street Lethal, and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's D.A.R.E. Car
  • 301,266 pieces of candy was distributed in 2½ hrs.
  • 21 rides and inflatables from Brady's Amusements, Backyard Blasts, and Bauer's Tents, one 25 ft. Vertical climbing wall, one 1/8-scale train from Turner Trains, 35 preschool and elementary games, and an Evansville Fire Department fire engine
  • ½ mile for safety fencing enclosing the church/school campus
  • Nearly 1/3 a ton (656 items) of canned goods donated to the Evansville Christian Life Center food pantry
  • Buehler's IGA distributed 7000 candies, crackers, pencils and antenna balls
  • 900 apples, 3900 hot dogs, 3700 soft drinks, 1500 bags of chips, 2500 bags of cotton candy, 1056 pieces of Greek's Pizza, 3000 Donut Bank donut balls, 2880 Moe's cookies, 600 dishes of Lic's Ice Cream, 200 of Just Rennie's brownies were consumed.

Volunteers staff the event in the form of clowns, face-painters, security, game coordinators and assistants.  In addition, we have entertainment and community volunteers.

In an effort to create an atmosphere of complete safety and security, police will control traffic on the portion of Lincoln Avenue in front of the church/school campus.  Shuttle Buses provided (5:15-8:15PM) next to the Big Lots in Lawndale on Green River Road.

Wristbands for 3-12 year-old students…$5/advance, $7/at the door (until sold out) plus a non-perishable canned food item. (Parents admitted FREE.) 

Wristband locations:

  • Benny's Flooring
  • Buehler's IGA…all area locations
  • CVS Pharmacy – Green River & Lincoln only
  • Donut Bank Bakery & Coffee Shop…all area locations
  • Gary's Body Shop
  • Greek's Pizzeria
  • Lefler's Collision & Glass Repair Center…all 3 locations
  • Lic's Ice Cream and Deli…all area locations
  • Parker Construction in Henderson
  • The Vineyard Christian Resource Center
  • Vitreo-Retinal Center
  • Zehner Contracting LLC
  • Bethel Temple Community Church

On October 31 all available wristbands will be sold at the Lawndale parking lot (next to Big Lots) after 4PM.

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