McMinnville Parks and Recreation is bringing back its Trail of Treats for children to safely Trick or Treat on Oct. 31. Help from the community is needed.
The walking trail behind the Civic Center will be adorned with jumping houses, decorations for Halloween and booths, which is where community assistance comes into play.
“We are bringing back Trail of Treats,” said event organizer Kendra Foust. “If any business, church, civic group or organization wants to set up a booth and hand out candy, give me a call. We’d love to have you involved to help bring a great event to our city.”
Parks and Recreation used to offer a similar event years ago, but stopped. Foust says she wanted to bring the event back to give parents a safer option for their children.
“Trick-or-treating on the walking trail keeps children away from the dangers of going from house to house,” she said. “I would be happy if we could combine other Halloween events, such as trick-or-treating on Main Street, together with ours to make one large, community-oriented event.”
Currently, several churches and civic organizations have signed up to participate. Among the booths will be one offered by McMinnville Police Department.
Last year, police officers handed out candy at the department on Red Road and allowed children to have their pictures taken with an officer. McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton says this year will be the same activity, but the location has been changed.
“McMinnville Police Department will be participating this year with the Civic Center’s Halloween event on the walking trail,” said Denton. “We will again be having children’s photographs made with a police officer and give out goodies.”
Lending decorations to the event will be students from West Elementary who will be decorating scarecrows and pumpkins and putting them on the trail prior to the event. The school is holding a contest to encourage participation.
A pumpkin carving contest will be open to the community. Individuals who want to enter can do so by stopping by the Civic Center with a carved pumpkin no later than 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. There will be three categories — most humorous, most creative, and scariest. Prizes will be given out to the winner in each category.
A costume contest for all ages will also be open to the public. Entries must be at the Civic Center no later than 6 p.m. Prizes will be given to the winners.
For more information or to sign up for booth space, contact Foust at 473-1212. Space is limited, but reservations can be made up to Oct. 30. Trick-or-treating will be offered from 5-8 p.m.