Parkrose Hallowe’en ‘Trunk or Treat’ hits its stride

Find how good weather and lots of experience helped the Parkrose Business Association present their biggest ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ ever …

The line to get into this outer East Portland event seems to go on forever; but all who come get treats and fun at the Parkrose Business Association’s “2019 Trunk-or-Treat”.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Since it started several years ago as a fun idea by members of the Parkrose Business Association (PBA), the annual Hallowe’en “Trunk-or-Treat” party has survived windstorms, torrential rain downpours, and biting cold weather.

This year, though, the sun was shining brightly on the crisp fall afternoon of October 27, above a parking lot full of open vehicle trunks and canopies at Parkrose High, as trick-or-treaters lined up along NE Shaver Street as far as the eye could see, waiting for it to open.

Glad to see the good turnout of “trunks” filled with goodies and toys – and neighbors, too – Is PBA President, William Keller.

“We’re happy the day is turning out so well for our fifth annual ‘Trunk-or-Treat’,” smiled PBA President, William Keller, of William Keller CPA.

“We have 37 business participants, as well as Portland Fire & Rescue – and the ambulance company, American Medical Response,” Keller told East Portland News.

Coming with her folks from the St. Johns neighborhood is Savannah Mapplethorpe gets candy from Portland Fire & Rescue Firefighter Jason Clink is with PF&R Parkrose Station 2.

“It’s important for our business community put on something like this because it’s a great way for us to be involved with our community,” Keller explained. “These are our customers! It’s good give back to, and support, the people in our community.”

About 15 minutes after the gates opened, Keller clicked off 500 kids already having gone through, collecting candy – lots of it – from companies and organization representatives.

Families, by the score, arrive at this year’s PBA “Trunk-or-Treat”.

Keller, and a member of the PBA Event Committee, Kristin Trevino of Signs Now Northwest, remarked that they really enjoyed seeing the kids dressed in Hallowe’en costumes, especially the younger ones.

As in past years, DJ Sir Kenneth (far right) serves as host and the MC for the annual costume contest.

This years Costume Contest sponsors were:

  • Parkrose Burgerville: “Most Colorful”
  • Historic Parkrose NPI: “Scariest”
  • Arrow Waste Services: “Most Creative”
  • Norwest Engineering: “Cutest”
  • Argay Square: “Funniest”

Here are your winners for the Costume Contest!

After the Trunk or Treat, Trevino reported that 3,000 guests came through the gates this year. “And, we’re so grateful for all of our in-kind donations and sponsors,” Trevino added – singling out Dj Sir Kenneth, American Sani Can, Arrow Waste Connections, and Signs Now Northwest.

Learn more about the Parkrose Business Association by visiting their official website: CLICK HERE.

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