It was a dark and spooky night when Sustainers and their Families came out of the shadows to gather and celebrate Halloween at the brigade quad during the Lifeliners’ trunk-or-treat event.
On Oct. 29, the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault) celebrated Halloween a bit early to provide a safe, enjoyable and Family-friendly environment for everyone to experience together as a unit.
Captain Chandra Meadows, supply officer in charge, 101st Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, said the event was a great success this year.
“I think this was a truly phenomenal event,” Meadows said. “The Families seem to really be enjoying themselves. There has been a lot of camaraderie between everyone and I think it really shows the positive growth of the 101st STB Soldier Family Readiness Group.”
More than 20 different vehicles showed up and showed out at the event, displaying their trunks and decorating skills with a multitude of fun and spooky Halloween themes.
A few companies even decorated their office areas to create haunted houses for the Families and other Soldiers to enjoy.
Sarah Williams, spouse of Master Sgt. Andrew Williams, mechanical maintenance operations noncommissioned officer, HHC, thought the event was a wonderful idea and provided a great place to share fun with her Family, friends and neighbors.
“I was really glad to see how many people came out to participate, it was really nice to see everyone out here, making this a joint event for all the Families and Soldiers,” Williams said.
“The kids are having a great time,” Williams said. “Families are having fun connecting and it seems like everyone really enjoyed the event and is having a good time together.”
Children and Family members of all ages participated and got to check out all of the decorated vehicles, while also receiving some safe treats.
The trunk-or-treat event was organized by the 101st STB SFRG and included the battalions throughout the brigade.
Williams was heartened to see so many Family members out enjoying the festivities together, and also invited friends from her neighborhood, she said.
Sergeant Tierra Savage, human resources floor noncommissioned officer for the 101st STB, said there is value in having fun events like trunk-or-treat.
“I think events like this are very important for the morale and welfare of the Soldiers and their Family members,” Savage said. “It really builds comradery between the battalions and makes us stronger, overall as a brigade. It was also just a lot of fun.”