Evening open to all; proceeds go toward renovation of gymnasium
LINCOLN (SNR) – Cathedral of the Risen Christ School in Lincoln will host a ‘trunk or treat’ event Oct. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 3500 Sheridan Blvd. All children are welcome to participate.
At the “trunk or treat,” children may purchase a bag for $2 each, and then they can visit 40 family-friendly trunks to play games and collect treats from parish and school groups, individuals, businesses and other supporters. All proceeds from the evening will go toward renovations for the Cathedral School’s Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz Gymnasium.
Other activities will include a ‘haunted school bus,’ a performance by the band Wildwoods, and refreshments such as hot chocolate and cider.
Organizer Amy Kolbet said she saw a different church in the community conduct a similar event years ago.
“I thought it would be “a great thing to get the parish and school involved in for community outreach,” she said.
Principal Jeremy Ekeler agreed.
“Trunk or Treat is about community and collaboration for our children,” he said, “while also supporting and celebrating Cathedral School.
“My hope is that it’ll be a packed house,” he continued, “and my belief is that events like this will be our future norm as a Cathedral family. My own kids have been talking about this event for a few weeks and I love how the energy and excitement continues to build for the 30th.”
Emily Villa, a native of Cathedral Parish and parent to five Cathedral School students – as well as three children at home – said excitement for the event is certainly building in their family.
“We began our parenting career just trying to keep our kids from getting freaked out by all of the gruesome costumes that showed up at our house after dark,” she said.
“After several years, and the influence of the SuperBowl of the Saints (Editor’s Note: the SuperBowl of the Saints event is hosted by the School Sisters of Christ the King), we realized that the eve of All Saints Day is a great time to celebrate the saints who have gone before us, and the life we hope to share with them someday in heaven.
“Dressing up in costumes that depict their stories of heroism, humility, even martyrdom, is a tangible and super-memorable way to drive home the message that these are real people,” she continued.
She said her family has been pleased to see the ‘Halloween’ parties at the school evolve through the years. The school also in recent years established All Saints costume contests. This year, All Saints costumes will be featured in an outdoor procession.
“What a rich heritage!” she said. “We hope Trunk or Treat becomes a tradition for our parish and neighborhood that celebrates our faith and supports our school in its mission of evangelization through good culture.”
The goal for positive culture continues in the gymnasium plans which will benefit from the Oct. 30 event.
The renovation will include the replacement of the basketball hoops and bleachers. The new bleachers will be in the school colors, and the school name and logo will be painted on the gym floor. Aaron Williams, the school’s P.E. teacher and athletic director, said they will also create a ‘Hall of Fame’ hallway to include photos of past and present athletic teams.
“We are trying to add more school spirit to the gym,” he said, “so when visitors enter they can see that we are striving to make our gym a place where kids would want to come and witness where all the ‘magic’ happens.”
The school undertook some renovations to the exterior of the gym in recent years - improving exterior lighting, stairs and hand rails, water drainage and signage. The gym was named for Emeritus Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, to honor the bishop’s role as pastor of the mother church of the Diocese of Lincoln.