EL CENTRO — Although Halloween is filled with fun for kids of all ages, parents still want to make sure their children stay safe while out gathering candy. That’s where the Valley Drifters car club comes in with an annual Trunk or Treat event held Oct. 26 where children meandered through decorated classic cars to gather their Halloween treats.
This year’s 6th annual Trunk or Treat event was the biggest one yet, according to organizers, bringing in children and parents from all over the Valley to come trick or treat and take a look at some nifty cars.
The first time the Drifters held their trunk or treat, there were only 10 or 12 cars for kids to pick candy. This year, there were over 20 cars in the parking lot decorated with spooky, fun, and even whimsical, Halloween décor.
“Everyone’s just gathered together, having family fun, and the kids are happy getting their candy,” said Drifters’ President Carlos Gerardo.
“Seeing how they are with the kids, it’s awesome how they bring the community together,” said Paul Tabarez from El Centro.
“The kids come, they come in costume, and the oldies can see the cars,” said Maria Romero of El Centro.
Former president Frank Rivera was inspired to create the trunk or treat because of his own daughter’s experience with her family when they were stationed on the U.S. air base in Aviano, Italy. The American children could not go out from house to house as usual on Halloween, so the families on base put together a fun alternative with the trunk or treat. Rivera thought it was a great idea, and wanted to continue it down here in the Imperial Valley.
“We created it to keep the kids safe during Halloween. We give out the candy here and the kids can be safe,” said Rivera.
The event originally was held in Imperial, however, it outgrew the small parking lot the club held it in and they moved over the Food for Less parking lot. Since then, the event has grown and grown to nearly fill half of the lot. This year, car clubs came from as far as Mexicali, the Coachella Valley, and Riverside to support the Valley children.