Tuesday’s rain forced several Central Texas Halloween events to move their plans indoors but it didn’t stop the trick-or-treaters from putting on their best costumes and bracing the cold weather.
The United Methodist Church on Austin Avenue was one of many local organizations who had to bring the fun inside this year.
“We brought the trunk inside this year since the weather did not cooperate,” church member Lanell Hart said. “Of course they take in all of these decorations and they don’t let the weather bother them. They could care less there’s pouring down rain. Mom and dads care.”
Organizers say despite the downpour, they wanted families across the community to have a chance to celebrate.
“We know that there are a lot of areas of Waco that aren’t particularly safe and it gets dark really quickly so this is an easy and quick way for kids to get lots of candy,” director of family ministries Julia Castleman said.
The church opened up an empty room, filling it with themed tables and more than 8000 pieces of candy. For families like Derrneisha Gaines, safety was a top priority.
“It’s exciting and safe,” Gaines said. “There are just a lot of strangers and creepy people out.”
Organizers hoping this Halloween is night to remember.
“I hope we all run out of candy,” Hart said. “That is what they are here for and we have plenty of it.”
Last year, the trunk or treat event brought in more than 300 people. This year they had more than 900 people come by this year.