by Barb Pert Templeton
Desmond Landing to welcome trick or treaters
It may still be called the Halloween Stroll but the annual trick or treat event sponsored by the Port Huron Parks and Recreation Department will return to drive-thru mode for 2021.
Like last year, during the pandemic, Desmond Landing will be the location for the Halloween Stroll. Organizers will welcome trick or treaters on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants can register for a time slot starting at 10 a.m. with the last available time slot being 1 p.m. Early registration for residents is $8 per car or $10 per car for non-residents. The cost is $12 per car on the day of the event.
Natacha Hayden, marketing coordinator for the recreation department, said pre-registration is preferred so enough treats can be prepared.
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The event is usually hosted at the wooded area in Sanborn Park where families can walk thru different stations and enjoy extras like a petting zoo. Organizers decided they needed to do one more drive-thru event, similar to one in 2020, and then hopefully return to the outdoor fun in 2022.
Families are encouraged to decorate their cars and children can wear their costumes for the event. Hayden said instead of charging per trick or treater, the drive-thru Halloween event will be $8 per car, meaning you can bring along as many children that will fit in your vehicle. Recreation Supervisor Kati Gardner said this is actually the 30th year for the Halloween Stroll in the city. The Recreation Department has lined up about 30 local businesses to take part in the event. All will be setting up stations that participants can drive-thru to get candy and other special treats.
“The stations are decorated and lots of them dress up themselves too so we have a good time,” Gardner said.
In addition to hosting stations, there are also several big sponsors for the event and McLaren Port Huron, Roppusch Brothers Floor Covering, State Farm Insurance and Don’s Towing are all on the list. Gardner said each sponsor will provide special items like McLaren will distribute a Halloween craft to each trick or treater while State Farm will pass out cider and donuts.
There will also be a bunch of brand-new Halloween inflatables to delight the kids including some very funny skeletons, Gardner said.
Another popular part of the annual Halloween Stroll is the big trucks display and this year that has been turned into what’s called a “Touch A Truck” event. Fire trucks, police cars and vehicles from the city’s DPW will be on display, fully decorated to celebrate the holiday, and ready for kids to admire.
Whether it’s walking or simply driving thru the event is always well attended with over 1,000 cars expected to follow the candy station trail this year.
To register for Halloween Stroll 21call the Port Huron Recreation Department at (810) 984-9760 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org online.