September 19th, 2023 – The Fremont Rec Center’s Trunk or Treat event is set to make its monstrous return on Saturday, October 21st from 2:00-5:00pm. Since 2017, Trunk or Treat has attracted thousands of visitors from all over Sandusky County, enticing them with an afternoon of trunk-or-treating, bounce houses, and inflatables. Recreation Superintendent Cody Bischoff was thrilled to see the line of visitors stretching down the street at the Departments first ever event in 2017. “We came up with this idea for Trunk or Treat after seeing it in other communities” said Bischoff. “The turnout from businesses and trunk-or-treaters during that first event was a real eye opener for us. We definitely knew we had something.”
Since then, the Department has gone on to host Trunk or Treat every October and continues to add new activities and events. With over 5,000 visitors, Bischoff says keeping the activities fresh is important to make sure people stay engaged and excited while they are there. In recent years visitors have enjoyed caricature artists, costume contests, a variety of bounce houses, and even ice skating. For 2023, the Department is enlisting the help of local performers and DJ’s in order to promote the Monster Mash theme. “We’ve had themed events before,” says Bischoff “but this is the first year that we are really trying to emphasize a theme.”
Businesses, families, and organizations from throughout Fremont and the surrounding communities have ensured the success of Trunk or Treat according to Bischoff. ‘Without them, this event wouldn’t be where it is,” he says, emphasizing the importance of all their support. Businesses, or “trunks” as they are known at the Rec Center, have fueled Trunk or Treat over the years and satisfied the thousands of sugar craving trunk-or-treaters. But trunk-or-treaters don’t get to have all the fun!
Casey Stine and Kevin Fahrney of Triple J Towing LLC have been a part of Trunk or Treat every year and are already registered to attend next month. “We’ve been a part of Trunk or Treat since it started,” Casey says. For Triple J, Trunk or Treat is a chance for them support the community. “We love giving back to our community when we can, and this is just one of the things we participate in,” she says. Casey and Kevin said they enjoy seeing all the kids in different costumes and the people from surrounding communities that attend the event. When asked if they had any special decorations planned for this year’s Monster Mash, Casey replied “We will have tons of decorations, but our favorite this year is going to be our 8′ talking scarecrow!”
Registration for Trunk or Treat is open to all businesses, service organizations, and even individuals or their family’s. A Tombstone Trunk registration of $25 is required in order secure your parking space and pass out candy. It also includes a Tombstone yard sign with the name and/or logo for each registration. Additionally, the Rec Department is offering sponsorship opportunities for the different activities at this years event. All of the sponsorship funds will go directly towards this years Trunk or Treat in order to supply the activities for all the little Monsters.
Registration for Trunk or Treat can be completed in person at the Fremont Rec Center or online on our website: fremontreccenter.activityreg.com. For more information, interested trunks are encouraged to contact Recreation Superintendent Cody Bischoff at 419-334-5906.