Relocating the 2013 Trunk or Treat from the American Memorial Park to the Marianas Business Plaza proved to be a strategic move for the Rotary Club of Saipan as the change in venue saw more than 3,000 community members attending the annual Halloween event.
Trunk or Treat is a spin on trick-or-treating. Instead of people knocking on homes and businesses for candies, businesses and government agencies converge in a designated area and open their vehicles’ trunks to give away goodies.
Aside from spooky, cartoonish, and superhero costumes that abounded last Thursday, Oct. 31, the dozen or so businesses and government agencies that took part also tried to best each other by decorating their cars, trucks, and SUVs with this year’s theme, “Legends.”
According to Rotary Club president Laila Y. Boyer, this year’s winner was defending champion Division of Environmental Quality.
She said DEQ’s Taotaomona Legend won because of its ingenious way of using recycled materials and vines from Laolao Bay to emphasize their campaign, which is to “Protect our Sea, Plant a Tree.”
Mascots Lulu the Canario and Manny the Tataga were also on hand to promote the protection of the islands’ sanctuaries.
Marianas Variety came second with its “The Fish that Ate the Island” legend. It involved the entire company car dressed as a fish with a tail and fin attached and the trunk its gaping mouth and an island with miniature latte stones sitting inside it.
Coastal Resources Management came third with the Legend of the Cemetery, a clever twist as all the tombstones showed endangered bird species, reminding community members how important the CNMI’s native bird species are.
DEQ received $100, a $50 gift certificate for Cafe at the Park, a three-month subscription to Marianas Variety, and $50 gift certificate for Joeten Enterprises from Pacifica Insurance.
Marianas Variety took home $75, a $50 gift certificate for Cafe at the Park, and $50 gift certificate for Joeten Enterprises from Pacifica Insurance.
CRM got $50, a $25 gift certificate for Cafe at the Park, a three-month subscription to Marianas Variety, and $25 gift certificate for Joeten Enterprises from Pacifica Insurance.
Boyer said she will recommend to the Rotary Club to add a costume parade to the Trunk of Treat program next year.
“We were impressed with so many costumes that evening, from the adorable, the creative to the frightful, I think we will add a costume parade next time to the program,” she said.
It was not all trick-or-treating last Thursday though, as the sizeable crowd also enjoyed the performances of the Saipan Southern High School Manta Ray Band and the Saipan Pacific Winds Band.
Other companies and government agencies that set up “booths” were CNMI PSS Headstart, Saipan Health Clinic, U.S. Navy Comstron, NMI Girl Scouts, Coastal Resources Management, Marianas High School Class of 1973, Division of Environmental Quality, Customs and Border Protection, the Cabrera Family, and the Saipan Swim Club.
“I would like to thank them for setting up trunks, passing out candies, goodies, toothbrushes, and pencils. Also, thank you to Marianas Business Plaza for hosting the venue and to the Department of Public Safety for volunteering to control traffic and keep everyone safe,” said Boyer.