ROCKLAND — Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rockland once again hosted its annual trunk-or-treat event in the church parking lot. This is a Halloween event where children in costume go from car to car, trick-or-treating at each vehicle’s trunk. These vehicular celebrations of the spooky season have become increasingly popular in the past few years.

While it is common to see trunk-or-treat events around the community now, that was not always the case. Rev. Linda Campbell-Marshall said she thinks Aldersgate was the first church in the area to hold such an event.

Campbell-Marshall said she and a church member traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and saw a church there hosting a trunk-or-treat. They were inspired and decided to hold a trunk-or-treat at their church. It has since become an annual event, and other churches have followed suit, Campbell-Marshall said.

Campbell-Marshall and church member Cathy Dinsmore of Rockland organized the trunk-or-treat this year. Dinsmore said there was a wonderful turnout this year, with parents and children enjoying the decorated vehicles and the candy treats.

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Griffin Burke of Rockport is dressed as Godzilla for the trunk-or-treat at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rockland, Saturday, Oct. 29. Photo by Christine Simmonds

From left: Maggie Elliott of Lincolnville is a zombie bride and grandfather Mike Lane of Rockland is a train engineer for the trunk-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 29. Lane has volunteered at this event for more than 10 years, with Elliott joining him the past three years.

Nancy Fitzgerald of Rockland is dressed as The Mad Hatter for the trunk-or-treat event at Aldersgate United Methodist Church Saturday, Oct. 29. Photo by Christine Simmonds