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The Salvation Army celebrates Halloween with a Neewollah trunk or candy | New

Neewollah? What is that? Well, for starters, it’s a family-friendly, church-friendly version of Halloween with carnival games, bouncy houses, and decorated classic cars for the trunk or the treat. It’s happening October 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army offices.

But it’s more than that. Neewollah is actually a century-old tradition that dates back to a time when children’s Halloween antics weren’t just about laying eggs in a house or lining a tree in a toilet.

Neewollah has its roots in the small community of Independence, Kansas, whose residents began the celebration in 1919 to provide children with an alternative to the usual “pranks” they pulled on Halloween.

We don’t know what kind of pranks they were doing in Kansas at the time, but here in Truckee Meadows the kids were very, very inventive.

Take for example, when the Reno Evening Gazette reported in 1915 on pranks local children had pulled off in previous decades, such as the year when “the people of Sierra Street were awakened by the loud bellowing of a bovine, coming from no one seemed to know from where” until “finally, the bewildered animal was perched perilously close to the edge of Tom Hymers’ roof.” stables, and it took hours to rig a block and tackle the animal. Then there was the time when “half of the city’s citizens woke up to find their front and back doors missing”, and that was several weeks before “News of the Arrival of Two Door-laden Freight Wagons in an Obscure Eastern Town” reached Reno. Or imagine the scene following Halloween when the University of Nevada “Prof. The White Horse by John Edwards Bray” was painted in the middle of the night, “making it the only red, white and blue animal that exists.”

This year, The Salvation Army will celebrate Neewollah on October 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There will be costumes, classic cars from the Revelation Christian Car Club with chests full of candy, carnival games and live music from Christian rapper Cody Treat.

Reno Fire Department fire investigator Sean O’Brien and his fire dog, Boston, will be there for a demonstration at 5:30 p.m.; and the Kiwanis Bike Club, a long-time community partner, will host a craft booth as well as bike repair demonstrations.

The event will take place at 1931 Sutro Street, Reno, Nevada 89512.

Call 775-688-4555 for details.