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Trunker Drunker Treat a downtown Halloween party for kids – then adults

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(FILE VIDEO -- JUNE 24, 2017) The first ever Wichita Taco Fest was greeted by lines of hundreds of hungry Wichitans waiting to get into the event where several local and regional vendors were selling their tacos.
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(FILE VIDEO -- JUNE 24, 2017) The first ever Wichita Taco Fest was greeted by lines of hundreds of hungry Wichitans waiting to get into the event where several local and regional vendors were selling their tacos.

The kids can get candy early.

Then the adults can get crazy late.

That’s the dual-purpose plan behind a new Halloween event happening on Saturday night at Union Station Plaza at 701 E. Douglas. It’s called Trunker Drunker Treat, and it will offer alcohol-free activities for kids from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by an all-out party for adults from 8 to midnight.

The party is the invention of J.D. Young, who has two businesses in the canopies at Union Station – Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice 21 + and Douglas Street Tacos. Young said he got the idea after talking with neighboring businesses like The Kitchen and The Rail Scratch Cocktails about the often chaotic and crowded events like Bloktoberfest and Taco Fest that have been put on by outside organizers at Union Station since its remodel was completed.

The business owners decided they’d like to keep using the spot for parties that will bring them customers, but they want to organize them on their own terms.

“This is something that's going to be fun for everyone,” Young said. “It’s not going to feel like you’re in a club or a bar. It’s going to be a huge outdoor party.”

The early part of the evening will offer safe Trunker Treating for kids at no charge. Young is recruiting businesses to set up spooky trunk displays and pass out candy.

After an hour break, the party will resume at 8 p.m. with a beer garden, a mixed drink bar and a DJ. The Rail Scratch Cocktails is putting on a haunted house on its upper level, and The Kitchen will be open serving “ghoulish” food specials. Both of those businesses will remain open until midnight on Saturday, as will Young’s Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice 21+, which sells alcoholic shaved ice. His Douglas Street Tacos will be open until 3 a.m.

There will also be a costume contest with a $100 cash prize plus a pumpkin carving contest, bobbing for apples, a mummy contest and a “ping pong bootie dance” contest.

There’s a $5 cover charge for ages 21 and older and a $10 cover charge for ages 18-20. Tickets will be available at the gate.

If the party goes well, the businesses want to put on more big outdoor events. They’re already talking about a New Year’s Eve ball drop.

“I hope for this area to become one of the biggest party spots in Wichita,” Young said.

(FILE VIDEO -- OCTOBER 24, 2016) J.D. Young expanded his Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice concept to include alcohol and opened at one of the new Union Station canopies.

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