I started the Halloween Charity Event in 2012 as a way to give back to the community I live in. The first Halloween Charity Event was held in the Loup County Community Center and also had local businesses that shared the evening and offered something fun or practical to the adults that accompanied the Trick or Treaters and also allowed the adults to get to know the face behind the business. My business, Darcia Kovarik Photography, would give each child/family a FREE 4×6 portrait taken in their costumes against a Halloween scene backdrop in exchange for a donation to the local food pantry. Eventually, the businesses dropped out but I continued to do the Halloween Charity Event as a fun event that supported and drew awareness to our local food pantry. The last 3 years we have asked for personal care items to be donated to the local food pantry as families are in need of those items as well and personal care items are not available from the regular donors of the food pantry. We have an awesome group of kids and parents that come through and generously donate items. 5 years ago a couple of local gals started a Trunk or Treat around the Square. It has been so fun to see adults or groups participate in this, share their creativity, and be a part of helping the youngsters have a fun Halloween. The ideas for decorating ‘trunks’ is clever, amazing, and full of uniqueness! The local Ag Society has been generous enough to open the fair building so if the weather is cold, we can still have fun and provide the trick or treaters a warm environment to trick or treat in. The local Lions Club also hosts a hot dog feed for kids in the park the night of Halloween. Having these events happening at the same time makes a great evening out for trick or treaters in Taylor. Thank you all so much for supporting the local food pantry! It is a fun event that I enjoy sponsoring and I am looking forward to Halloween 2019!