The American Memorial Park will not be organizing this year’s Trunk or Treat after it returned the hosting duties for the popular annual Halloween event to the Rotary Club of Saipan.
Chief ranger Jason Beatty said the local Rotary Club is better suited to organizing the Trunk of Treat event than the AMP.
He said the Rotary, as a community organization, is better equipped in coordinating the event like inviting other stakeholders and asking assistance from the Department of Public Safety with traffic rerouting around the park.
Beatty said the AMP has organized the Trunk or Treat the past six years and it’s about time the reins of the event returns to the original host.
He assured, though, that AMP would continue to assist Rotary Club in staging the event, especially in securing the area and making it safe for participants.
Rotary Club of Saipan president Laila Y. Boyer said last week, during the civic group’s meeting at the Hyatt Regency Saipan, that Trunk of Treat has become more important this year following the demise of similar Halloween events at MIHA Housing and Tottotville.
Unlike previous years, the 2013 Trunk of Treat event would have a later starting time so that candies, especially chocolates, won’t melt under the heat of the sun, she said.
Boyer also asked local businesses and government agencies to help the Rotary Club in organizing the event. This year’s theme would be local legends and Boyer is urging the community to dress up and make their costumes with that in mind.
Last year, some 2,500 Halloween revelers put on colorful and elaborate costumes during the 2012 Trunk or Treat at the American Memorial Park.
Some of the groups that hosted trunks at the 2012 event were Coastal Resources Management, Division of Environmental Quality, Girl Scouts of the NMI, Public School System Headstart Program, 302nd QM Det. 1 and 442nd 100 BN Family Readiness Groups, Transpacific Group, Transportation Security Administration, Marriage Encounter, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Navy, and three residents.