The Kiwanis Club of New River is inviting the public to bring their best costumes and appetites for its annual Trunk or Treat this Halloween.

The club, which manages the New River Kiwanis Community Park and Equestrian Center, is hosting the spooktacular bash from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the park located at 48606 N. 17th Avenue. Whether participants choose to attend to decorate their trunks and pass out candy or simply join to indulge in the free treats – the snack-filled event is designed for fun for all ages, according to New River Kiwanis President Ed Taylor.  

He added that the club is anticipating a large turnout this year, considering roughly 2,000 visitors and between 50-to-70 trunks participated in 2020.

“It’s a chance to come together and use the park that belongs to them also,” Taylor said. “Since we’re in a rural area, going door-to-door trick or treating isn’t really an option.”

The president is encouraging those who would like to offer candy to arrive earlier rather than later in order to snag a parking spot before the lot fills. Candy-givers are given free range to decorate their trunks however they see fit and administer candies of their choosing.

“If you want to park and hand out candy, get there early,” Taylor noted. “The earlier the better because once we have the slots filled up, there is no room for everybody else.”  

Also at the venue will be several vendors and food trucks, a petting zoo, live DJ music, and a potential hayride, Taylor added.  

New River Kiwanis is dedicated to up-keeping and preserving its 80-acre Park, which includes a riding arena, warm-up arena, three ball fields, a playground, ramadas, picnic grounds, a clubhouse and a Senior Center. The club is a member in good standing with Kiwanis International, a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world, its website reads.

Surrounded by State Trust Land, the New River Kiwanis Community Park is open to the public from dawn to dusk year-round and “provides exceptional access to the Maricopa Trail Loop and miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use,” according to a press release. The park officially opened in the fall of 1998 and was named Larkyn Memorial arena after Larkyn Dwyer, who lost her life on TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996.

The Kiwanis Club of New River was chartered as one of 7,700 clubs in 80 countries in 1987, Taylor shared. It strives to achieve its motto of “Serving the Children of the World” by assisting schools and children locally and worldwide, maintaining and improving the Kiwanis community park and arena and hosting community groups and events – including the Trunk or Treat event.

Taylor expressed he is looking forward to bringing the community together in a larger effort to raise awareness about the importance of the park.

“[I’m looking forward to] just the kids and the families using the park,” he shared. “It’s kind of a well-kept secret and it’s been coming back into its own.”

“We always looking for volunteers,” Taylor added.

For more information about the New River Kiwanis Club Trunk or Treat, visit its website at newriverkiwanis.org/News. To learn more about the International Kiwanis Club, head over to kiwanis.org/