Trunk or Treat is back, offering safe, family-friendly fall fun

Courtesy photo: Community Life Pastor Dave Hopewell and wife Heidi bring their young children to Trunk or Treat.

Community trick-or-treating event offers the most candy per square block in Brookings

BROOKINGS –  They say it takes a village to raise a child, and during Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct 30, it’ll take a community to hand out a literal ton of candy.

Taking place from 4-7 p.m., Trunk or Treat is a free event providing a safe, family-friendly evening of fun, with the most candy per square block in Brookings.

That afternoon, the GracePoint parking lot will be lined with approximately 50 vehicles sporting decorated trunks full of treats for area children.

Year after year, members of the GracePoint congregation donate more than 2,000 pounds of candy in the weeks leading up to Trunk or Treat.After a brief pause in 2020 due to COVID-19, the event is back this year, with an outdoor trick-or-treating experience for everyone in town.

Themed trunks are hosted by groups such as the Brookings Police, SDSU ROTC, SDSU SCAPP, Cub Scout Pack 24, and many more, along with dozens of individuals, friends, and families who come together to host a trunk. The event is made possible thanks to 85-plusvolunteers from the church, including GracePoint’s Oasis college ministry, which recently saw about 450 SDSU students kicking off the fall semester.

“GracePoint is excited to host Trunk or Treat again this year,” said Ryan Koltiska, GracePoint’s family ministry pastor. “It’s something that our church family loves to offer for the community and you can tell by the way they donate, serve, and love on everyone who comes. We are eager to see the bright faces of kids and parents in costumes this year. Bring the whole family for a safe, fun, and joy-filled time that we truly missed being able to provide last year.”

As one of several community-focused initiatives GracePoint coordinates throughout the year, “Trunk or Treat is a part of our commitment, as a church, to be a good neighbor to Brookings,” said Serenity Miller, pastor of GracePoint’s hospitality and local outreach ministry. “October just wasn’t the same last year without it, and we’re so glad to be able to say Trunk or Treat is back in 2021.

“This is our biggest community event of the year, when we get to connect with hundreds of families and build on those relationships. We look forward to seeing everyone there,” Miller said

For more information, contact the GracePoint Church office at 605-692-6671, or 0visit


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