EL CENTRO – Even though ringing doorbells and walking long sidewalks are a tradition, the Drifters Car Club of Imperial Valley have followed an innovative trend with their 5th Annual Trunk-O-Treat car show and carnival.
The now traditional event took place on Wednesday, October 28, at the Food 4 Less and Farmer Boys parking lot in El Centro.
“During our first annual we had only 10 cars and year after year the event has grown and become more popular,” said Carlos Gerardo, president, Drifters car club.
The Drifters, Del Valle, Finest, Latin Bomba, Holtville, Street Devils, Desert Cruisers and Blue Knights car clubs displayed over one hundred vehicles while giving out candies.
Car trunks were decked out with creepy spiders with unnaturally large webs, skeletons and masked villains were among the most popular Halloween decorations.
The parking lot was filled with haunted house décor and lighting, with cauldrons of candy waiting at each stop. For others, it was a perfect opportunity to watch their children enjoying trick or treating.
“This is the first year I brought my kids to this event and it’s simply fabulous. There are no cars passing, it’s well lit, smaller, it’s safe and I can see what my kids are doing,” said Elsa Rivera, Calexico resident.
Year after year, the alternate trend to street trick or treating has become more popular in U.S. cities. The appeal is to keep children in a safe place and allow parents to keep a closer eye on them while getting candy.
“We had close to 500 children come by and ask for candy. This, by far, has been the best year,” said Lalo Gonzalez who displayed a 1961 Ford Galaxy.
The free and open to the public car show also featured live music, games and raffles.
“I love bringing my kids to this. It’s perfect without having to worry about whose house they are going to. In this day and age, we parents need to be extremely careful with our children,” said Roxy Medina.
“This event gets bigger each year and with the live music it really ads to the fun,” said Schaefer, Del Valle Car Club.
Participating vehicles handed out between $80 to $120 in candies each.