The Guardians of the Galaxy strode down Main Street looking for their next big adventure, as dinosaurs roamed and zombies lurched. All took place under the watchful eye of Batman, who surveyed the scene with his stoic, unrelenting gaze.
Coordinated by the Sultan Community Alliance, the third annual Trunk or Treat took place 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, in downtown Sultan. The event was touted as an enormous success, with roughly 3,000 attendees packing the streets in search of candy and other ghoulishly sweet treats. Over 30 vendors, trunks and businesses participated, all in competition for the spookiest, most creative decorations. A generous candy donation from the Monroe Walmart store enabled participants to distribute a steady stream of confections throughout the duration of the event.
“We are so grateful to our amazing community for supporting this fun event,” said Alliance chairperson Mandy Geiger. “Thanks to all those who dressed up, decorated and participated! Everyone came together to make this event the best it could possibly be and we appreciate it so much.”
Mayor Pro Tem John Seehuus, who passed out candy with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, called the event a tremendous success.
“Events like Trunk or Treat are a shining example of the spirit and dedication of our city’s volunteers,” Seehuus said. “We are grateful to have engaged community members that make these events possible.”
The Alliance presented three local businesses with framed certificates for their astonishingly spectacular decorations. First place went to Galaxy Chocolates owner Kathryne Paz, who turned her candy shop and eatery into a haunted graveyard, complete with flying bats, zombies, witches and floating skeletons.
Second place was awarded to Kiss the Sky Books owner Jim Tinney and his daughter Michelle, who completely transformed the corner of 4th and Main Street. The Halloween-themed showcase included dusty bookshelves filled with haunted artifacts, skeletons, pumpkins and more. In addition to candy, Michelle passed out handmade glow-in-the-dark bracelets to attendees.
Third place went to KandR Home Realty owner Kathleen Morrisson and her husband Richard, whose trunk display featured a skyscraper complete with circling aircraft, King Kong and a blond damsel in distress. Human-shaped bananas hovered nearby the structure in an attempt to appease the enterprising ape, who glowered and roared with good cheer.
Throughout the evening, the Alliance awarded individual costume-wearers with buckets of candy for having original, creative and inventive costumes.
The strong attendance numbers caught some of the vendors by surprise. Gibby Home Fire Prevention founders Bonnie and Gerry Gibson ran out of candy shortly after the event started, passing out 200 pieces of candy in about 15 minutes. They were grateful for the efforts of the Alliance board members, who passed out additional bags of candy as vendors ran out.
“I’ve never seen so many kids,” Gerry said.
Overall, they distributed at least 1,000 pieces of candy, said Gerry. Even more importantly, they raised important awareness of the Gibby Home Fire Prevention campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving at least one life through the installation of smoke alarms. They signed up six separate households for smoke alarms, which are installed by the Gibsons free of charge.
Sultan Boys & Girls Club Unit Director Cherise Crawford was pleasantly surprised by the success of the event and, like the Gibsons, was grateful for the extra candy passed out by the Alliance.
“Last year we gave away 500 pieces of candy and this year was over 1,000,” Crawford said. “I had no idea it was going to be that great of an event.”
Some vendors went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to sweet treats. Windmill Espresso owner Trenda Wolter and her staff provided hundreds of home-baked cupcakes, setting up a cupcake-decorating station just outside the Visitor Information Center. Tons of tykes stopped by her booth for chocolate and vanilla cupcakes topped with frosting, sprinkles and gummy worms.
And when things got a little too sweet, Alliance board members Shaun and Melissa Carr offered freshly-popped popcorn.
The event extended down Sultan’s Main Street from 6th Street to 2nd. Dinner was available for purchase from 2-1/2 Men BBQ, a locally-owned and operated mobile food vendor. This was the first year 2-1/2 Men BBQ participated in the event, and they are already planning to return next year.
The Sultan Library experienced an influx of patrons, with over 800 people entering the library during the event. This year in addition to free books, candy and bookmarks, the library gave out over 200 packs of Sesame Street-brand flashcards, designed to help the littlest kids learn numbers, shapes, colors or the alphabet. Parents of young children appreciated the colorful sets of cards, said Sultan Library Manager Jackie Personeus, which were funded by the Friends of the Sultan Library.
“The Elmo ABC packs were very popular,” Personeus said. “Thanks for to our Friends of the Library for funding the flash cards, candy and bookmarks, and for sorting through hundreds of books.”
The Sultan Community Alliance thanks its generous sponsors for supporting this year’s event, including the Monroe Walmart, Pharm-A-Save Monroe, the Monroe Fred Meyer, the Monroe Grocery Outlet, the Carr family, the Posey family and the Geiger family. An additional huge thanks goes out to horsewoman K.C. Letterman, for providing horse-drawn haunted hayrides.
Letterman, who oversees horse operations for nonprofit Skyline Ranch in Gold Bar, volunteers frequently in the Sultan community.
The Sultan Community Alliance is a volunteer group dedicated to the enhancement of the Sultan community through large-scale events meant to bring people back to Main Street. It is the intersection of passion and purpose, as it strives to promote community pride through regular cleanup events that keep Sultan’s parks and public spaces beautiful, lush and welcoming to volunteers.
Sultan Community Alliance meetings are open to the public. For more information about the Alliance, please visit our website at: https://ci.sultan.wa.us/alliance/, or visit the Alliance Facebook page on November 17, 2017 at: Sultan Community Alliance.