Adam Black, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
Going door-to-door for candy on Halloween can be more of a trick than a treat for most parents with children, but for parents of children with special needs, the challenges of stairs, no sidewalks and sensory overload could scare some of the bravest.
That’s why members of the Ashland and Boyd County High School Key Clubs have put their heads together and started a Special Needs Trunk-or-Treat. The event, which will take place Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Paul Blazer High School parking lot, will offer all kinds of fun for special needs students from 5 to 7 p.m.
“We went to our district conference in Nashville and heard about other Key Clubs doing it,” co-organizer Langley Sebastian said. “We asked our special education department at our schools to see if they knew anything like this happening and they said “no,” so the idea was put into motion.”
The co-organizers, which include Sebastian from Paul Blazer, Emily Ross, and Olivia Mulhearn from Boyd County High School, have been busy planning the event and organizing their classmates to join in on the project.
“We are trying to get all the different school organizations, teams and clubs to set up,” Ross said. “We want to have a trunk from at least each team.”
The three girls have also taken allergy sensitivity into thought by providing other treats to anyone who may not be able to have candy.
“We will not only have candy, but games to play as well as toys and other goodies,” Mulhearn said.
For the Trunk or Treat, co-organizers said they chose the Blazer parking lot because of its central location and its terrain.
“The parking lot is flat and accessible for anyone with mobility issues and is a safe environment,” Sebastian said.
Along with several school organizations, the three girls have also opened up the Trunk or Treat to a few businesses who expressed to them they would like to be involved.
“At first, we thought just school groups, but we have had so many businesses reach out to us wanting to be involved,” Sebastian said.
Although the Trunk or Treat is a service project for the group, the co-organizers hope the event is something that will continue each year.
“We really want it to be a community filled service project,” Ross said. “We hope everyone who is not comfortable taking their kid's door to door or with any special needs will come out and enjoy this event.”