Halloween in the park

HALLOWEEN FUN: Halloween in the Park will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 in Westerberg Park (Herald Review file photo)
HALLOWEEN FUN: Halloween in the Park will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 in Westerberg Park (Herald Review file photo)

REED CITY — There’ll be a lot of fun and excitement for kids and families heading over to Reed City’s Westerberg Park on Oct. 13 as the Eighth Annual Halloween in the Park comes together with cartoon and storybook characters filling the park walkways.

Celebrities from Superheroes to SpongeBob, Cinderella to Captain Hook, Scooby-Do to Snow White will be out and about greeting old and new friends and handing out Halloween goodies to kids from 1 to 3 p.m.

Each year, the Halloween in the Park committee has gone above and beyond organizing a children’s activity that brings the whole community together. This is an opportunity for children and parents to stroll through Westerberg Park and meet Disney, storybook, TV and movie characters.

Each and every child, 12 and under, will receive a bag for collecting trick-or-treats along the way. Kids are encouraged to come decked out in their Halloween costumes.

Many volunteers from throughout the community are providing time and resources to make this event a success.

Last year, more than 1,000 children from throughout the Reed City area and neighboring communities made their way, with mom and dad, to visit “stations” with a wide variety of characters along the park paths.

Children were thrilled, adults had a great time and the volunteers had the best time of all, giving of a portion of their afternoon and being repaid with the smiles, giggles and hugs handed out by excited kids during the event.

How often does a kid in Osceola County get a little one-on-one time with SpongeBob or their favorite superhero?

Along with a wide variety of goodies and trinkets handed out at each “station,” there are doughnuts and cider available to sustain young and old as they begin their trek through a world of wonder.

The Halloween in the Park planning team have been working for months getting things in order and now the time has come.

Don’t miss out on a chance to see your kids thrilled at meeting their TV and storybook favorites. (And adults should stop by to see just how much fun you really can have when you dress up like SpongeBob Squarepants!)

Halloween in the Park is provided to the community free of charge. Any donations, however, will be most gratefully accepted and applied to next year’s event.

For more information, contact Marie at (231) 832-3000 or Kathy at (231) 832-3166.