Halloween in the Park set for Saturday, Oct. 29

REED CITY — Candy, costumes and fun for the entire family is planned for Halloween in the Park.

A growing guest list of superheroes, Disney and film and other characters are expected to show up for the annual event, which will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at G.T. Norman Elementary School.

This year’s event has been moved inside so children and families don’t have to worry about the weather, said organizer Amber Hutchinson.

“Halloween has been tricky in the past with snow and rain,” she said. “I want the kids to have fun and enjoy it. I don’t want them to have to bundle up and stand outside in the cold to talk about their costumes. I want them to show off their costumes to their friends and have fun. I know that in the past it has been held at the park, but I had to think of what was in the best interest of the kids. It could turn out to be a beautiful day and we can go outside, but we need to be prepared for the cold weather.”

The event has become a favorite to area children, Hutchinson said.

“Halloween in the Park started out as a community event for safe trick-or-treating,” she said. “It’s a great time for the community to come together for the kiddos. The parents don’t have to worry about where the candy is coming from.

“When I was younger, my parents dropped me off on Halloween and we would just wander through town. I want this to be a safe event for parents.”

Besides candy, Hutchinson said there will be other trinkets, a bike giveaway, a chance to look and climb on heavy machinery, a tractor, a dump truck, backhoe and a free vision screening available from the Lions Club.

“I’m really hoping for a great turnout with it being inside,” she said. “There’s going to be more candy and trinkets than ever. We are really preparing for a lot of people to show up and hoping to get 1,500 kids. There will be between 40 to 50 characters dressed up from Batman to Belle and the Beast.”

Hutchinson said she has been busy finding donors and sponsors for the event, as well as finding volunteers and getting all the candy ready.

“It’s going to be two hours of good fun and a chance to have a good time,” she said.

When Halloween in the Park concludes at 2 p.m., Hutchinson will have one final event to take care of.

“At 3 o’clock, I will be doing a live Facebook and draw for the bike giveaway,” she said. “There’s a boy’s and girl’s bike with a helmet for each. Each child who attends can be entered in the drawing.”