Halloween in the Park provides friendly trick-or-treat experience

REED CITY — Cartoon characters, princesses, fairies and more will have fun in Westerburg Park this year as they prepare for an evening of trick-or-treating with a community-wide family event for children 12 years old and younger.

Reed City’s annual Halloween in the Park will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. The free event began nine years ago and continues to be a success.

“It’s to treat the children of the surrounding communities to a safe Halloween experience during the day,” said Halloween in the Park organizer Kathy Yost. “It’s nothing scary or gory and we have it for the kids that may not be able to get out for the actual Halloween evening.”

During the event, each volunteer has a station for children to visit and receive treats. Costumes will be worn by all volunteers.

Co-organizer Marie Thompson has worked alongside Yost since the beginning, and Yost said the pair work well together to fill in any gaps missing from the event.

Thompson simply enjoys the children.

“I like to see the joy on the kids’ faces,” Thompson said. “It’s a big thrill for them.”

She hopes to see nice weather and a good attendance from families in the area.

Yost is thankful for the local churches, schools, organizations and businesses who want to provide a fun gathering before the actual holiday. Additional volunteers are always welcome.

“We’ve had some wonderful donations this year,” she added, noting it shows how much current and former residents care about children. “It’s good for the community, it’s good for the kids. I always look forward to it and I think about it year round.”