The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office hosted its 8th annual "Trunk-or-Treat" outside the Blountville Justice Center on Halloween. The event drew thousands of participants who made the rounds to multiple themed treat stations, many of which were cruiser trunks. In all, an estimated $10,000 worth of candy was on hand to be given out.
Sheriff Wayne Anderson said his wife first suggested his office hold such an event and the first year it drew about 2,500 participants and has grown by thousands each year.
This year's event was scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., but Anderson said if there was candy on hand and still people in line, it would go past that time.
The event also included a walk-through "Haunted House" inside what on any other day would be a portion of the sheriff's office's administrative areas.
Anderson said about $10,000 worth of candy was on hand for the event, all paid for by money paid to the sheriff's office for its participation in the National Geographic Channel television program "Southern Justice." Anderson nor any of his staff earn any money for appearing in the program. And the Sullivan County Commission approved allowing the sheriff's office to use the money for public outreach such as the Trunk-or-Treat.