The “Project Safe Hallowe’en” committee is organizing a fun-filled day this Saturday, including a “Trunk or “Treat” from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Fort Frances Public Library, so families can celebrate Hallowe’en safely.
And while the public is invited to stop by the library to check out the events, prizes, and more, CEO Alicia Subnaik Kilgour noted more participation is required to make it another success.
She stressed the committee wants to pack the library parking lot with decorated vehicles so children can go trick-or-treating in a fun and safe environment.
The idea of a “Trunk or Treat” sees local businesses, organizations, and individuals sign up a vehicle that they’ll decorate in a Hallowe’en theme, bring to the library parking lot, and then hand out candy as costumed children visit each “trunk.”
Last year’s inaugural event was deemed a success, with 20 vehicles participating and an estimated 600 youngsters stopping by.
“This year, we weren’t able to get the [OPP] mobile command unit because it’s elsewhere in the district,” noted Subnaik Kilgour, adding the “haunted” school bus also is not able to take part this year.
And since these two vehicles took up quite a bit of space, there is even more to fill this year.
“We really need people to put in trunks,” Subnaik Kilgour stressed.
“We know we’re going to get a lot of kids coming so it would be nice to have as many trunks as we can for kids to visit,” she reasoned.
“We need more.”
People can register their “trunks” online at library.fort-frances.com until Friday (Oct. 30).
“It’s kind of like tailgate,” Subnaik Kilgour explained. “You just open up your trunk and whatever theme and decorations you have are in there.”
She is expecting to close the library parking lot around noon on Saturday so those vehicles participating can come and get set up.
“I think that will give people enough time,” she remarked.
Participating “trunks” can supply their own candy, although the library also is purchasing additional stuff.
People also can drop off candy to contribute if they wish but it has to be unopened, store-bought items.
“We are taking donations at the library and Tess’ Kitchen,” noted Subnaik Kilgour, adding people also can give a monetary donation to purchase candy.
Anyone who donates will be given a poster to place on their door to indicate their donation and support.
Saturday’s event also will include a free hotdog barbecued sponsored by the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club and a Zombie Cat Walk (Hallowe’en Fashion Show) at 5 p.m. inside the library.
“It doesn’t have to be zombies,” Subnaik Kilgour stressed.
“Essentially, it’s a parade of costumes where kids can show off their costumes,” she noted, adding prizes will be awarded.
Meanwhile, a pumpkin painting/jack-o-lantern workshop is set for this Friday at the library.
With it being a P.D. Day for district students, the library thought it would be great to have an activity for children.
People are asked to choose on of two sessions—11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
“The cost is $2 per person,” Subnaik Kilgour said. “Come dressed to paint a pumpkin.”
Pumpkins then can be entered in the pumpkin-carving contest that’s being held in conjunction with “Trunk or Treat.”
Prizes will be awarded.
“Some of the pumpkins we had last year were amazing,” Subnaik Kilgour enthused, adding she’s hopeful people will register online and start dropping off pumpkins within the next few days.
For more information or to register, visit library.fort-frances.com