BY MELANIE WADE –
As many cities and communities across the United States have made the move to provide safer Halloween activities for their youth, Polk County is no exception. Local communities have long provided the safety net of daylight trick or treat options, bringing light to the dark activity, and giving parents a sigh of relief to know where their children’s candy comes from and is safe to eat. Here are three of the county’s premier events for the season.
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Downtown Mena Merchants Daylight Trick-or-Treat. In 1986 Steve Blair, owner of Cash Saver, located on South Mena Street, where Sear’s Hometown Store is currently, started the event with help from Wyonna Abbot, owner of Coast to Coast, and other south side Mena merchants.
The event as we know it today has over 1,000 children participating.
This year the Downtown Mena Merchants Daylight Trick or Treat will be held on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Mena Street and Sherwood Avenue.
The town of Hatfield will host their Daylight Trick or Treat on Tuesday, October 31st, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. as well. Participating Hatfield merchants will hand out candy. An event will also be held in Hatfield City Park and is hosted by Hatfield businesses and churches.
Vandervoort Picnic Association will host their annual Trunk or Treat event at the Vandervoort Picnic Grounds on Tuesday, October 31st, at 6 p.m. They invite local businesses and individuals to set up with them and hand out candy. There will be a costume contest as well.