The Clear Creek Exchange and Clear Creek Commissary hosted a trunk-or-treat Saturday in celebration of Halloween, with approximately 1,000 people in attendance.
Clear Creek Exchange Sales Area Manager Brian Roldan-Smith, who has worked at the exchange for the past eight years, said that this year’s trunk-or-treat had the most attendees.
“This is just one of the few ways that we can give back to the community to show that we support our military families,” Roldan-Smith said. “That goes back to just letting the families and the community know that we are here to support them in any way we can.”
Dressed as Sally from the Disney movie “Nightmare Before Christmas,” Diana Estrada, attended the trunk-or-treat with her 5-year-old daughter Camila, and 11-month-old son Devin. All three wore “Nightmare Before Christmas” costumes. Camila was also dressed as Sally and Devin was dressed as Jack Skellington. Estrada picked out the family’s theme for the costumes, which she said they wore last year for Halloween.
Estrada shared that her husband was currently in Georgia for training and saw that the Clear Creek Exchange and Clear Creek Commissary were hosting a truck-or-treat, so she decided to take their children.
“It gets us out,” Estrada said. “If there were no events — I’m not going to lie, I would be bored. I know I get frustrated not being able to go out sometimes.”
Roldan-Smith shared he enjoys supporting military family members as part of his job.
“Seeing all the smiling faces and just the happy families — that’s the best part of it,” Roldan-Smith said. “Just seeing everyone having fun.”
In the nine years that Estrada and her husband have been married, the Army has relocated their family four times — twice at Fort hood.
Estrada said that she enjoys getting to meet other military families who are in the same situation.
Along with support from The Clear Creek Exchange and Clear Creek Commissary, the 1st Cavalry Band, all dressed in costume, provided live music for the trunk-or-treat.
“Watching everybody in their costumes and the music,” Estrada said, was her favorite thing
about the truck-or-treat. “They did great.”
Estrada was grateful that community partners put on the trunk-or-treat.
“I feel like they are a good support group. I noticed that they do a lot of events for families,” Estrada said. “It makes me feel good that they support the families.