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‘Thrills and chills- Parkway Plaza’s Trunk-or-Treat draws massive crowds despite cold weather

Witches, barnyard animals, unicorns,superheroes, princesses, ghouls, goblins, monsters and more collided on Oct. 27th at Parkway Plaza.

More than a thousand people packed Parkway Plaza, a “we-work hub” at 4471 41st. Ave. in Columbus, for the third annual Trunk-or-Treat hosted by kwELITE, Aksarben Mortgage and Red Door Designs in conjunction with Aksarben Property Management, Aksarben Insurance, Charter Title and Escrow, Applied Connective, Technologies, VRLY and Alpha Media

“This was an amazing event and turnout,” kwELITE Real Estate Broker/Owner Renee Mueller said. “Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”

Kiddos and their families worked their way through the complex’s parking lot, going from trunk to trunk collecting candy from the various business officials dressed in costume for the occasion. 

Mueller, Aksarben Property Management Vice President of Operations Bev Larsen and Operations Manager Megan Cimpl dressed as witches.

Aksarben Mortgage’s Guadalupe Arcos and Leslie Larson sported a “Dora the Explorer” theme,” Applied Connective modeled its trunk off the horror series “IT,” while other kwELITE realtors and staffers went with themes of “The Goonies,” “Justice League,” the New England Patriots and mermaids, among others.

Additional guests on hand for the occasion were “The Columbus Bat,” a local resident who dressed as “Batman,” and the Columbus Fire Department, which dazzled attendees with one of its trucks and plenty of candy. The Horn T Zoo also showed up, treating kids to up-close-and-personal encounters with a few small animals, including a white snake.

“I didn’t know what to expect with the weather, but this is an amazing turnout, and event,” said Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley, referencing the light rain that afternoon that didn’t stop people from showing up.

Parkway Plaza is a two-level high-tech “we-work hub” for businesses that already features kwELITE, Aksarben Mortgage, Aksarben Insurance, Aksarben Property Management, Charter Title and Escrow, as well as VRLY, All Makes, Applied Connective Technologies and Big Apple Bagels.

It has five conference rooms available for rent by the hour or day that all come with a large plasma TV that connects to an Apple computer, a sound bar and an adjustable camera with video conferencing capability that is perfect for presentations (nonprofits can utilize the rooms for free). Each room can accommodate dozens of people and also boast Wi-Fi, white boards and ample seating. 

Mueller is proud of Parkway Plaza’s “we-work” space concept, noting it’s a great place for businesses to have meetings or open an office as there is still space available. If you are needing a space for long-term or short term, contact Cimpl at

Mueller reiterated her appreciation to the community for coming out and participating in the Trunk-or-Treat. Hosting the event is just about giving back to Columbus and providing a safe and fun experience during Halloween season.

“Parkway Plaza truly is a community hub,” Mueller said. “That’s why we do things like the Trunk-or-Treat. We want the community to come and have fun with us.”

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