For its first year, North Dakota Diesel Crew will host Trucks and Treats in conjunction with Mall-O-Ween to help children of Dickinson celebrate Halloween.

Trucks and Treats will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, outside the Prairie Hills Mall in the parking lot. North Dakota Diesel Crew is partnering up with Mall-O-Ween that will be taking place inside the Prairie Hills Mall from 3 to 5 p.m. Trucks and Treats will also have the Dickinson Fire Department and the Stark County Sheriff’s Department present at the event.

For North Dakota Diesel Crew Operations Manager Brady Bartholomew and his fellow administrator Clay Kitzmann, this event is something they wanted to create for the community after hearing that the annual Trick or Trunk wasn’t going to be able to take place this year. Children look forward to Halloween each year, and with the amount of canceled events due to COVID-19, it will be rewarding to host an event that gets families in a creative, festive mood, he noted.

“There’s nothing else really going on so we believe that the kids deserve to have some type of event, something to go out and do other than just your standard trick or treating,” Bartholomew said. “We wanted to make it so that kids are able to come out and just go to an event and maybe see some cool trucks; maybe just hang out and talk with some good people. It’s really good and engaging for the community for us to be doing something like this.”

Prior to this event, North Dakota Diesel Crew has not hosted a public community event besides truck meets, he said, adding that they hope to make this a tradition and continue to be more involved in the Dickinson community as well as Bismarck and Fargo. The public Facebook group is an organization where people around the state can post their diesel trucks and parts for sale and interact with other dieselers.

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This event is “an entirely nonprofit thing” for North Dakota Diesel Crew, he said, explaining that this is to benefit the youth. Bartholomew encourages people to come out for Trucks and Treats “not only for the betterment of the kids” but also because it offers an interactive experience especially after being cooped up for months inside. North Dakota Diesel Crew also reminds families to be aware of social distancing at the event and to be courteous of others.

Dressing up in costumes is highly recommended but the group encourages attendees to be mindful of youngsters.

“... I made sure that everybody knows that whatever they dress up as it’s not something that’s going to be too frightening for the kids. We don’t want someone showing up in something that’s going to scare the kids away. We’re going to make it a family-oriented event mostly,” he added.