Trunk or Treat: a lot of loot in one place

The weather cleared up just in time for young Ninja Turtles, soldiers and princesses to experience Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot of Independence City Hall on Halloween night. The city of Independence wanted to offer a safe, easy way for trick-or-treaters to get Halloween loot, along with an opportunity to escape inside City Hall in the event of foul weather. Treaters visited decorated car trunks, a school bus, a Maple Plain fire truck and assorted city vehicles and discovered much more than candy. Funky necklaces and throwing discs were popular items.

Independence City Councilor Brad Spencer disguises himself as a character from an old fantasy movie while offering goodies to Natli, Alo, Luz and Breiy Gonzolas. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf) Maple Plain firefighters Jessi Heitz and Chris Doyle get ready to hand out candy to youngsters and smoke detector batteries to adults. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
Independence City Administrator Toni Hirsch displays the results of her Halloween decoration shopping trip in the trunk of her car. She had so many different kinds of treats that they did not fit in her trunk.  (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
Dressed as a soldier, young Billy Ryan meets a real soldier, Bill Bull, who was wounded in combat in Vietnam. They thanked each other for their service. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
Frankenstein’s monster provides a convenient display for necklaces in the trunk of City Administrator Toni Hirsch.
(Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
A pumpkin lights up the trunk of Independence City Councilor Brad Spencer. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
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Independence City Administrator Toni Hirsch displays the results of her Halloween decoration shopping trip in the trunk of her car. She had so many different kinds of treats that they did not fit in her trunk. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)