Tyler Latino trunk-or-treat festival brings Halloween fun

Today on the square is a trunk-or-treat featuring 25 Latino and Hispanic businesses set up with candy, games, and fun.
Published: Oct. 30, 2022 at 2:40 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Following their feature in this year’s Texas Rose Festival Parade, those in the Hispanic and Latino communities in Tyler kept the momentum going and wanted to host a trunk-or-treat for the community to enjoy.

25 businesses parked on the Downtown Tyler Square to give away candy and showcase festive music, costumes and art.

Mercedez Sarmiento is the coordinator and said she’s always wanted something like this.

“We wanted to make a Hispanic trunk-or-treat to where we could fuse all ethnicities and just kind of make it a whole community event,” Sarmiento said.

There were food trucks, a DJ, live bands, a Selena contest and decorated trunks from different businesses for kids to get candy from and play games.

Christie Hernandez is with ETX Tree Clearing and Dirt Work and said events like this help them get more involved in the community.

“We love it because we get to meet so many amazing people, and we get to learn what other businesses are around our community,” Hernandez said.

Along with the celebration, they also had an altar to remember someone in the community who passed away recently. Paulina Pedroza co-coordinated the event and said, “In our culture we have the belief that on November the first they’re going to come back from the other world, and they’re going to be with us only one day. So, that one day we’re going to share with them what all they loved: the flowers that they liked, the music, the food, the tacos. That way, we can share one more day. Even though they’re not here in body, their soul is going to be with us, and that makes us feel a little relief, at least for one day.”