BRADENTON -- Seven-year-olds McKenna Brawner and Megan Bray anxiously waited in line to ride the hay ride at McKechnie Field on Saturday afternoon.
McKenna, who loves to go trick-or-treating, became ecstatic when she spotted the haunted house as she waited for her hay ride.
"Can we go, can we go," she exclaimed to her mom.
Nearly 1,500 people came out to the third Trunk-or-Treat event at McKechnie Field, hosted by the Bradenton Maurauders and Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
Megan also loved the trick-or-treating and was looking forward to Halloween.
"I like going into the different neighborhoods," Bray said.
The free event was made possible thanks to 11 vendors who supplied the candy, setting up their cars with decorated trunks. Bradenton Police and Fire Rescue, as well as additional security, were also an important part of the event, according to McKechnie Field spokesperson Anne Putnam.
"It's a completely safe way for Bradenton children to trick-or treat," Putnam said. "So they don't have to worry about sending them out at
night during the week."
Trunk-or-Treat is the biggest event of the offseason at McKechinie Field, Putnam said.
Kaitlyn Wilmer, 10, watched as her older brother Stephen, 13, took a shot at the fast pitch.
She and her family have been coming to the event every year.
"They love to come here," her mother, Tammy Wilmer, said.
Her dad, Rick Wilmer, enjoys bring his family to the event as well.
"Every year it gets bigger and bigger," Rick Wilmer said. "Ever since they did the renovations out here it's been great."In addition to trick-or-treating, the event featured hay rides on the field, a haunted house, cookie decorating, a magic show and other games for the kids.
Jackson Dalglish, 7, was enjoying decorating cookies for himself and his little sister, Sydney.
Jessica De Leon, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.