Goulish event

Special to the Star News

Pooh bears, cowboys, hobbits and loads of other creatures made their way through the Minnesota School of Business’ first Trunk or Treat at its Elk River campus.

The event attracted more than 800 trick-or-treaters who collected candy and trinkets from each of the 15 local businesses that participated.

A cast of costumed-characters at a Trunk or Treat event at the Minnesota School of Business’ Elk River campus.

“We were extremely surprised and excited by the number of people who came out for the event,” said Minnesota School of Business Communications Specialist Kayla Stai. “Our goal was to hit 500 community members and by 6 p.m. we had already surpassed that goal.”

Trunk highlights include Sweet P’s Ice Cream wolf den, the Land of Lakes Choirboys’ haunted bus, and the winner of the Trunk-or-Treat traveling trophy, Dare’s hearse complete with a coffin and “dead body.”

Ty Sunderman spoke with Yoda about candy in Dare’s Funeral home casket.

“I never saw so many kids run from candy,” said Ty Sunderman, the funeral home manager that offered candy out of a “brain bucket.”

Other organizations present were Culver’s, Sherburne County United Way, Re/Max Results, Kiser Construction, Tastefully Simple, Liberty Tax, Accurate Home Care, New Horizon Academy, Lake State Recycling, Coborn’s and BodyWise Chiropractic.

“This was a fabulous event,” said John Osterman who was dressed head to toe in spooky attire for his Re/Max Results trunk.  “You can count on us to participate next year.”

Gwen Moritz of Nowthen with her husband and kids, including 1-year-old Jaylinn, James, 6, John, 7, and Jared, 9.

In addition to visiting the trunks displayed outside, community members were encouraged to head indoors for hot cider and more treats.  While inside, toddler trick-or-treaters enjoyed coloring spooky Halloween scenes and making ghosts out of lollipops.

Only the brave dared to enter the Minnesota School of Business haunted classroom, which weaved trick-or-treaters through a maze with scary characters lurking behind every corner.

Community member Nick Stalberger brought his family to the event in hopes of getting a lot of trick-or-treating done in a small area.

“We loved it,” said Stalberger, “We had a blast, and the haunted house was crazy impressive.”

Less than 24 hours after the event, staff at Minnesota School of Business was already brainstorming how to make next year’s event bigger and better.

“We already have businesses contacting us asking how they can register for next year,” Stai said.