November 3, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

HERRIN – The John A. Logan College softball team lent its support to the citywide Halloween celebration in Herrin last weekend, known throughout the area as the “Trail of Treats.”

Children pick up maps from the Herrin Independent newspaper and visit participating businesses, which in turn, give each trick-or-treater some candy. Kids conclude the trail at the Herrin Civic Center, where a costume judging is held.

This year marked the sixth straight year the Vols have participated. Players painted children’s faces and distributed coloring books, while also making animal balloons. Additionally, they organized a handful of games like witch broom limbo, spider web crawl, pumpkin bowling, and pin the stem on the pumpkin.

If that weren’t enough, the girls also led a baked goods raffle for the adults and helped to serve a chili and hot dog dinner to those who attended.

“Our team enjoys making kids happy and interacting with them,” said Vols head coach Angie Jilek. “They aren’t ballplayers during the Trail of Treats, but rather big sisters, who relish the thought of the younger kids looking up to them. It’s a lot of work to put the event together. Yet, we don’t want to let the kids down. We know they look forward to this night every year, so we try our best to add new games …to keep it fresh.”

Jilek said it was pleasing to her to hear parents and community members speak well of her team.

“They basically said this was a great thing we were doing.”