It's getting to be that spooky time of year, and with it an annual tradition returns to Fort Frances.
Organizers are now accepting registration for the sixth-annual“Trunk-or-Treat” to be held on Halloween night in the Fort Frances Public Library parking lot.
Library staffer Samantha Manty explained that the main goal of the event is safety.
“It's 'Project Safe Halloween' and the idea is to bring your family and come trick-or-treating in a safe environment,” she said.
“So it's just to provide a safe environment for kids to come by. Local businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to decorate a car or trunk. Last year, we had over 800 youngsters stop by.”
With so many young trunk-or-treaters coming out, the Project Safe Halloween committee is looking for interested parties to register to take part.
“The most important thing to do is to register online,” Manty said.
“We encourage people to register sooner rather than later just because if they need power it is on a first-come first-served basis. After that people may need to look into generators and things like that. Other than that, they just go on the website and the information they fill out is pretty general.”
The registration for “Trunk-or-Treat” requires the make and model of the trunk that will be on the lot that night, and if electricity is required, as well as a contact name, number, and email address. Manty said anyone can also register in person at the library.
Registration for this year's “Trunk-or-Treat” will close on Oct. 24, and anyone interested in registering can go to www.ffpltc.ca or visit the library in person.
For those who may not have a trunk to enter in the event, Manty noted that donations towards the event will be gladly accepted.
“We're starting to collect donations of candy and monetary donations as well,” she explained.
“Every donation, big or small, makes a big difference for 'Trunk-or-Treat.' We like to provide as much candy as we can, so that trunks participating don't have to bring all of the candy on their own; we're able to provide some of the candy for them.”
All of the donations are noted and thanked at a later date as well, though Manty said that those who don't want to be named can opt out of recognition.
“The event sees a large volume of kids out in the community,” Manty said.
“So we do need quite a bit of candy, so anything that is given is really appreciated.”
As for the event itself, there's fun to be had and plenty of activities for the kids and families attending.
“It's a really fun evening of the kids coming out and collecting candy,” she said.
“We do a costume catwalk, we do a photo booth with props. There's hotdogs for the kids. Kiwanis does the hotdogs and we're so grateful for that, and this year we're going to have the Substance Abuse Prevention Team hopefully doing hot chocolate, which would be really nice.”
There will also be prizes for the trunks that take part in the event.
“We make sure that we have prizes not just for organizations but also for individuals who enter the 'Trunk-or-Treat,'” Manty explained.
"The categories that we have for the prizes are Best in Show, spookiest, best organization, best individual, brightest and most original, so there are a few prizes up for grabs, which is really fun and people do all different themes.
“Last year, there was a Jurassic Park theme and there was a unicorn theme. People are so creative and it's really, really fun to see what everyone comes up with,” she enthused.
Manty shared that the library itself also undergoes a spooky transformation for the event to take part in the Halloween fun.
There are already some trunks signed up for the event, but Manty said she's hopeful that more will register, and maybe even challenge others to do the same.
“We do have probably about six or seven trunks signed up so far, but we definitely need more,” she said.
“It would be great to get out as many as we could. It's always fun when organizations kind of challenge each other. So say, for example, if one of the banks signs up, to have other banks sign up, or if we have a dental centre sign up then maybe having other dental centres signing up just so that it has that fun little bit of competition to it.”
Manty said she hopes to see the public turn out and support the event.
“We really hope that people come out and we're really excited to have a good time,” she said.
“It's going to be lots of fun.”
“Trunk-or-Treat” will run from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween night.