Libraries host ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night

By Paige Nash

Thousands of young ghosts, superheroes, villains, princesses and everything in between came out to “Trunk or Treat” this year at the Webster Parish Libraries.  

The Springhill, Doyline, Cotton Valley and Minden branches welcomed an estimated 2,450 children and families who enjoyed an evening of food, games, entertainment and unquestionably way too much candy.  

“The Webster Parish Libraries Annual Trunk or Treat events truly embody the essence of community unity and offers a fun-filled evening where families, local businesses, and organizations come together to create an unforgettable Halloween experience for our local community,” said Kim Sentell, Director of Marketing and Community Liaison for Webster Parish Libraries. “It’s all about spreading joy, sharing smiles and fostering connections.” 

Sentell credited Cassidy Duck, Children’s Coordinator for Webster Parish Libraries, for going above and beyond to establish the lineup for this year’s activities in addition to the usual Trunk or Treating.  

Some of the highlighted entertainment included Face Painting by Evelyn Colvin, Balloon Art with Capri the Clown, a Creepy-Crawly Sensory Room, Marshmallow Roasting, and a Pumpkin Painting Contests. Wild World Texas was also featured at this year’s Springhill and Minden Trunk or Treat events and educated trunk-or-treaters about exotic animals. 

“Kids and their families were able to meet new friends like a baby kangaroo, Belgian Malenois, a tortoise, a ball python, and a parrot,” said Sentell. “Wild World Texas rescues abandoned animals while providing a loving and caring environment for them to thrive in. These animals act as ambassadors, educating and inspiring organizations and schools.” 

This event would not have been possible without the support of local businesses and organizations who generously contributed their time, resources, candy donations, and creativity to make this event a reality.  

“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic participation in trunk decorating, and your creativity was truly remarkable,” said Sentell. Also, thank you to the children and their families who attended the Trunk or Treat events. The joy on the faces of the little ones as they collected candy and enjoyed the various activities along with your presence made this event a memorable one, and we hope to continue this tradition in the years to come.”