Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson to Host Inaugural Trunk & Treat

Dekalb County

Event is a partnership with DeKalb County School District to kick off Family Engagement Month

DeKalb County District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is partnering with the DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) Department of Family and Community Empowerment to host the inaugural DeKalb County Trunk & Treat for Halloween.

The DeKalb County Trunk & Treat will officially kick off DCSD’s Family Engagement Month and will take place at Northlake Mall on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, from 3 to 6 p.m.

This community-centric event will provide a safe space for children and feature music, live entertainment, face painting, a caricature station, food trucks, local product vendors, and free books distributed by the DCSD Mobile Impact Learning Hub.

We are thrilled to collaborate with Commissioner Cochran-Johnson and our partners at DeKalb County on this fun and exciting event for our scholars,” said DCSD Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris. “We are elated to have a safe space for our scholars and their families to enjoy the Halloween festivities.” 

Held each November, Family Engagement Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the important role of families in the education and well-being of their children. During this time, a variety of activities are held that encourage and involve relatives in the education process.

“This is one of the most exciting things I’ve planned,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “I have a long history of working alongside Ms. Coward and the school system as a former PTA president of three schools. Our fall festivals were always amazing. I look forward to hosting this event annually, because our children need an event with fanfare and love that brings communities together.”

The DeKalb County Trunk & Treat will feature a “Trunk & Treat Alley” where community participants will park their decorated vehicles and provide treats for the children. Additionally, $100 gift cards will be awarded to the child with the best costume and community participant with the best decorated car.

Basic health information and screenings provided by Kids'-Doc-On-Wheels will also be included, as well as free toothbrushes and information on proper hygiene and personal care for children provided by Help A Child Smile. Additionally, the DeKalb County Board of Health will provide free COVID-19 vaccinations and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will meet and greet attendees.

“We felt it was important to have the participation of our public safety officers, because we want children to have positive engagement with police as a way to build trust and break down stereotypical barriers that may exist in some communities,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson.

“I am happy to support the initiative,” said Sheriff Melody Maddox. “I take advantage of every possible opportunity to engage our children and our office has implemented strategic efforts to reach the youth and communities we serve.”

The community is encouraged to participate. Individuals interested in being volunteers, trunk and treat participants and vendors should visit to register for free.

For a full list of Family Engagement Month events, visit the DeKalb County Family & Community Empowerment website at

For media coverage or to schedule an interview with Commissioner Cochran-Johnson, Sheriff Melody Maddox, Cheryl Watson-Harris or Marcia Coward, email or call 470-889-4213. For more information on events and activities sponsored by Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson visit