The Algoma Autism Foundation and Northwood Funeral Home partnered up for their fourth annual Trunk or Treat event on Saturday afternoon. Trunk or Treat is a fun, interactive event for children with special needs and their siblings to experience the fun of Trick or Treating that is also non-threatening and accessible.
Algoma Autism Foundation Director Jamie Boston told SaultOnline his wife came up with this idea four years ago and they decided to run with it. In the past four years, both “trunkers” and “treaters” have increased, and the numbers continue to grow.
Boston said he thinks it’s a great way to be inclusive in the community.
“It’s not just for children on the spectrum – it’s for anybody that could use this opportunity to trick-or-treat,” he explained. “We do see a lot of people in chairs, special needs of all sorts, just giving them the opportunity to do typical things that they may not be able to do on Halloween.”
Funeral Director Joan Currie said she thinks it’s important for the funeral home to be involved in the community, and events such as this one and Sensitive Santa – another initiative partnered with the Autism Foundation.
“We have a beautiful establishment, and it’s a smaller community,” she said. “We’re not just a funeral home – we like to be involved in the community.”