MARION -- Dozens of children, sporting a variety of different costumes, scurried about Saturday collecting candy and other treats from the trunks of cars belonging to members of the First Baptist Church in Marion as part of the church's annual Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration.
"Things started out a little slow today, but have really picked up," said Carol Rix, children's director at the church. "It's certainly much better than last year when it was really cold."
Rix said the annual event has been ongoing for more than a decade at the church.
"It's a family-friendly event. We used to call it a fall festival, but now it's Trunk or Treat and those church members who choose to participate do a really nice job dressing up, decorating their trunks and interacting with the kids."
Rix said the church pays for the free corn dogs that were distributed, as well as popcorn and drinks. Members brought 16 crockpots full of chili, as well as candy.
Church pastor, Bob Dickerson, said he was delighted with the turnout.
"We got to meet a lot of new people today," he said. "Everybody seemed to be having a good time. It's just a safe place to have some fun."
Dickerson also thanked the Marion Police and Fire Departments for appearing at the event and engaging with the families.
"This kind of event today is what our church is all about -- reaching out to the people of the community. I think people have come to enjoy it and look forward to it over the years."