Kids enjoy safety and fun at Trunk or Treat night

Trunk-or-treaters getting candy at the 7th annual trunk-or-treat event, hosted by The Drifters Car Club on Friday night.

EL CENTRO – Impalas, Chevelles, Mustangs, lowriders, muscle cars, and classics filled the parking lot shared by Food 4 Less and Farmer Boys restaurant. Princesses, Spidermen, and farm animals raced from car to car to fill their bags with candy and all could be spotted at the Drifters Car Club’s seventh annual trunk-or-treat community event Friday night. Parents and children were encouraged to visit for a night of raffles, music, candy collecting, and dressing up.

Several similar groups were invited by the Drifters to attend the event. Imperial Valley College’s automotive and diesel tech club, motorcycle clubs, and Del Valle Car Club also attended with theme-decorated vehicles.

Carlos Caro, vice president of the Drifters, said he was glad to be a part of the trunk-or-treat event.

“It just gets better and better every year. It’s a fun event we like to do for our community. The kids get candy in the safety of a blocked off parking lot, and the parents get to look at the cool cars,” said Caro.

According to Caro, about 90 vehicles were registered at the event. He expressed his gratitude to all of the different clubs and club members coming together to put on a fun family event.

Two live bands kept the parents entertained with Spanish rock, classic rock, and country music. The Mex-America band and The Patrons strummed their guitars and mashed their keyboards with lively solos.

The Drifters members wanted to host a safe community event, but they also wanted to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts. Their goal is to raise enough money to put up a scholarship for students interested in automotive careers. To reach this goal, the club added a raffle at the trunk or treat event.

Parents spoke of their gratitude to the Drifters and the other clubs for hosting a safe, enjoyable event for their children.

Several of the decorated cars were entered into a competition. Ramon Lemmos won the award for the most creative car with his 1963 Chevy Nova Wagon, Armando Veuz won the Low and Scary award with his 1991 C-10 Chevy, and several other awards were presented.

Caro said, “It’s important for our community to have these events. It’s important for our kids to be safe and for the parents to have fun. I know that next year will be even better, and I can’t wait.”