Much of this year’s trick or treating is shaping up to be on wheels rather than on foot.
Crossroads Regional Park is making plans for its 3rd Annual Trail of Treats on Oct. 27, an event that will take on a drive-thru format because of the coronavirus pandemic. The same is true for Farmington’s annual trunk or treat, which will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween at Farmington City Park.
“Everybody has been under such stress, and we felt like this would be something for the kids to enjoy,” said Park Director Robin Baker.
It will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with cars entering from the Droke Road side at the ball complex parking lot and exiting on the South Parkway side.
Everyone must stay in their vehicles.
The Trail of Treats joined the park calendar of events three years ago as a new way to bring people into the park.
“It’s a good way to treat the kids and bring the community together,” said Baker.
“By head count and candy count, we think we had close to 2,000 kids walk through last year.”
Twenty-four vendors decorated their allotted space and handed out treats last Halloween.
They will do the same this year, remaining masked for safety throughout the evening. Vendors may be businesses, churches and other civic groups, and they need to turn in a vendor sign-up form by Tuesday, Oct. 20. The fee is $15.
Vendors are allowed to hand out promotional materials along with the Halloween treats.
Baker hopes this year’s vendor lineup will at least match the two dozen of last year.
The park is seeing good visitation numbers in recent weeks with the pleasant fall weather, said Baker.
The park is getting ready to soon plant trees to begin replacing some of the 68 lost to storms in the past year.