Halloween came early this year as local kids got a head start on the treats this past weekend at trunk-or-treat.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital partnered with the Pinckney Neighborhood Association to sponsor a trunk-or-treat in the hospital parking lot.
The festivities included games, treats, and prizes, all taking place out of the back of car trunks.
While many trunks were decorated for Halloween fun, some organizations, including KU’s chapter of Omega Phi Alpha, used the event to raise awareness for childhood obesity.
“We were thinking about ways that we could serve the community and focus on spreading awareness about childhood obesity. We saw that there was a trunk or treat coming and we thought ‘that would be nice,’ we could hand out fruit snacks and healthy chips and I think it was a nice change from all the candy that kids get every single Halloween,” says Omega Phi Alpha Service Director Madisen Huscher.
The center for disease control says childhood obesity affects 12.7 million children in the US alone.