Every October, St. Louis Center and the Chelsea community get excited about a spooky night. For weeks, the staff and volunteers put their heads together to create something awesome: a Trunk or Treat event right on the Center’s campus. This year, the magic happened on the perfect Thursday evening of October 26!

Trunk or Treat is like no other night for the people at St. Louis Center and their community. It is a special evening where everyone can have a blast in a safe and welcoming space, no matter their age or ability. Thomas Arbanas, the HR Director at St. Louis Center, is the superhero behind making this fun event happen. In 2016, he came up with the idea of Trunk or Treat, making sure it is a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.

More than 25 vehicles lined up in the parking lot, ready for the Trunk or Treat action. Each family or business that brought a trunk went all out, decorating it with a theme. Once everything was set up, it was like a candy wonderland. Everyone could go from trunk to trunk, picking up sweet treats and having a spooky good time.
There was even more spooky excitement inside the Center. Visitors got the chance to embark on a chilling tour through the Haunted House. It was no ordinary house—it was the K of C Hall transformed into a bone-chilling haunted mansion.

A lot of planning and hard work went into creating this spooky experience. The K of C Hall turned into a haunted haven with over 10 rooms of frights and surprises. Employees and family members teamed up, spending hours volunteering their time and talent to bring this eerie adventure to life. It was a real team effort to make sure everyone had a hauntingly good time.

The amazing kitchen crew at the Center didn’t just stop at spooky fun—they also whipped up a fantastic community dinner. Hundreds of baked potatoes and gallons of delicious chili were devoured by more than 350 visitors.

The goodness did not end there. To top it all off, everyone got to sip on refreshing drinks and munch on sweet caramel apples. It was the perfect way to fill up after a night of thrills and chills. The kitchen staff truly outdid themselves, making sure everyone left with happy, full bellies. What a tasty way to wrap up an incredible night.

The premiere sponsor of the event was T-Mobile. St. Louis Center thanks them for their generous donation, helping to make this event even more special.

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