Trunk or Treat Halloween Fun at the Community Center – by Maria Bosack


If your family is like most families, you have your own routines. You know what you like and you stick to it.  Sometimes, it can be difficult to find a free event that has something for everyone. Luckily, for Manassas Park residents, the Community Center’s Trunk or Treat Halloween event provides great fun for all family members young and old!

“This is the fourth year I have brought my daughter, Miliana to Trunk or Treat,” shared Natalia Mendoza. “We always do the same thing every year: first we go to the celebration out in Bristow, and then we go to the Manassas Mall for their Halloween celebration. We save the best for last, and attend Trunk or Treat so that we are close to home and can continue the Halloween festivities.”

Christina Dimitriou agreed. “My little guy is an amazing basketball player, so I came here to check out the MPYBL (Manassas Park Youth Basketball League), but love what I see with the kids having such a great time trick or treating. Oops, I should say Trunk or Treating,” Dimitriou grinned.

Kids of all ages put on Halloween costumes and came to the Community Center for a free, safe night of trunk or treating. Volunteers decorated vehicles and handed out candy to trick or treaters. The volunteers stood in front of the decorated vehicles, with the trunks open, as they passed out the candy to the happy recipients. Everybody wins! In addition, there were two moon bounces, hayrides, games, arts and crafts, and even a Best Costume contest!

“I have been volunteering here for several years now, and every year I am so pleased to see and hear the kids say please and thank you for the Halloween candy. Good manners are in abundance here at Trunk or Treat!” said Gary Gresham from CERT (Community Emergency Resource Team), “the lines are winding all around the parking lot, but the smiles are in amazing abundance.”

“We had so much fun here last year, that we planned our October around returning to volunteer again this year,” shared Mary Moore and Theresa Wadel-Depugh of SSI (Supplemental Security Income. “We give out information for our programs to the parents and lots of candy to the kids and their parents too. We love it because we get so much positive energy back from the happy trick or treaters,” Moore beamed.

Robert Powell, from the Prince William ADC (Adult Detention Center) reluctantly admitted, “I am not sure who was having more fun, me or the trunk or treaters. Each year, I see more and more kids and families, and each year, I am glad I volunteered.”

So make Trunk or Treat part of your family Halloween tradition. Put on your costumes and head to the Manassas Park Community Center for a unique Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration every year!


Maria Bosack is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872, or via email at

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