Several local businesses and organizations in Basehor will be hosting kid-friendly trunk or treat events. Originally started by church groups who wanted to provide a safer environment for trick-or-treaters, trunk or treat events are commonplace now and involve groups gathering in a parking lot so children can trick-or-treat out of the trunks of cars, which are often elaborately decorated to add to the festive mood.

Several local businesses and organizations in Basehor will be hosting kid-friendly trunk or treat events. Originally started by church groups who wanted to provide a safer environment for trick-or-treaters, trunk or treat events are commonplace now and involve groups gathering in a parking lot so children can trick-or-treat out of the trunks of cars, which are often elaborately decorated to add to the festive mood.

On Saturday from 4-6 p.m., House of Apparel will host its second annual trunk or treat event. The business is located at 14505 Parallel Road.

On Sunday, Trinity Family of Faith Lutheran Church will host their annual trunk or treat event from 3-5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk and food will be available. The church’s youth group is sponsoring a bake sale that evening. Games with prizes will be part of the event.

Country Place Senior Living will host a Halloween event at their assisted living facility at 15707 Pinehurst Drive on Oct. 30. Beginning at 6 p.m., children are invited to go trick-or-treating, participate in games and crafts and enjoy snacks.

On Oct. 31, the Basehor Town Square will be the site of a cookout, kid-friendly mobile haunted house and plenty of candy and other goodies for children. The event will run from 5-7 p.m. and will include participation by many local businesses, who were encouraged to decorate their store fronts and have Halloween games outside of their business.

Participating businesses will be offering candy and non-candy items like plastic toys for children who can’t have candy or who want an alternative. A free cookout is sponsored by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce, which began planning this event in October of last year.

“We had many members on our board who thought that it would be good to have our own trunk or treat event,” said Scott Runnels, Chamber president. “Basehor citizens were going to other trunk or treat events in the surrounding area, but no one was doing events on Halloween itself. We decided to offer the community another safe place for kids to get candy and show off their costumes.”

While more than 25 surrounding businesses have contacted Runnels about participating in this year’s trunk or treat event, there will also be something for adults to enjoy. Sam’s Liquor will be holding a beer and wine tasting for adults inside their store.

“My goal was to improve upon our existing event,” Runnels said. “I think it gives the businesses an opportunity to get to know people, get their face out there and give back to the community too.”

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com