Trick-or-treaters at a past Trunk or Treat event at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. [Photo courtesy of FSC]

Costumes, candy and families are coming together for Halloween at the Old Spanish Trail Arena from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the fourth annual “Trunk or Treat.”

Trunk or Treat is sponsored by the Grand County Family Support Center as a way to provide a space for local families who would like to experience the fun and excitement of trick-or-treating in a safe environment.  

In 2017, nearly 50 local businesses and individuals gathered in the parking lots by the ball fields, providing candy and other festive treats to the costumed visitors, said Sherilyn Sowell, director at the Family Support Center (FSC). Even more businesses and individuals are expected to participate in this year’s Trunk or Treat.

“There is no limit to children’s imagination in making a costume for trick-or-treating,” Sowell. “You will be surprised to see the many varied costumes around us all night.”

The parking lot will be closed to vehicles to ensure that the families participating in the event will have a safe experience. Parking is not an issue at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, located at 3641 S. U.S. Highway 191, Sowell said. Similar to last year’s event, the FSC hopes to have local businesses offer free shuttles to transport the costumed children to and from the arena.

To help provide the candy for the trick-or-treaters in the community, the FSC is inviting businesses and individuals to enter a trunk of candy for Trunk or Treat. FSC will have a limited supply of candy available to supplement the candy brought by those entering a trunk.

People interested in donating candy to help supplement candy brought by those entering a trunk may do so at the donation boxes located at City Market, Village Market, Walker Drugs, Shopko, the USU-Moab campus, and T&H Corner Store.

“If you have been looking for a place to see everything from princes and princesses to ghosts and goblins and everything in between, this is the place to be on Halloween,” said Dick Toll, FSC volunteer. “There will even be candy and other treats to gather. This event would not be possible without the generous support of the entire community of Moab.”

The FSC at The Christmas Box House hosts various events throughout the year and strives to provide safe, family-friendly activities to strengthen families in the community and raise awareness of the challenges faced by families today. For more info, contact Sowell at