Salem Trail of Treats and Halloween Costume Contest is Oct. 29

A frightening-looking “Zipper Face” Peyton Hampson of Hanoverton won first place for scariest costume during last year’s Halloween Costume Contest. (Salem News photo by J.D. Creer)

— WHAT: Annual Trail of Treats and Halloween Costume Contest.

— WHERE: Salem Waterworth Memorial Park. Public is invited. Bad weather location will be the nearby Salem Community Center.

— WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29. Costume contest with prizes, 1 p.m. at the bandshell. Trail of treats along the park trail, 2-3:30 p.m. Participating businesses, clubs and organizations will distribute candy to children 14 and under.

— WANT TO GIVE OUT CANDY?: Local business, groups, organizations and families still wishing to participate as candy distributors are encouraged to do so. Call Salem Parks and Recreation Dept. supervisor Shane Franks at 330-332-5512 to participate.


SALEM — The Salem Parks & Recreation Department and Eyes for Olivia Foundation will be hosting the second annual Trail of Treats and Halloween Costume Contest from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The public is invited to attend.

The costume contest will again be sponsored by The Morris Financial Group and will be held at 1 p.m. at the bandshell at the park.

Categories are cutest, scariest and most original for youth 14 and under. Prizes in each of these categories are $25 gift cards to Toys-R-Us for first place and $15 gift cards to Toys-R-Us for second place. A $50 gift card to Coaches Burger Bar will be awarded to the best family in costumes (any age).

The Trail of Treats along the trail at Memorial Park will be from 2-3:30 p.m. Local businesses, clubs and organizations are invited to set up along the trail and pass out candy to youth 14 and under, accompanied by an adult. Bags will be given out to all adults as they start on the trail with their kids. The “candy distributors” are also encouraged to have items such as coupons, flyers, pens etc. and the adults will collect those items in their bags.

Current participants are Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, Salem Radiologists, Cashland, Metro PCS, Salem Kiwanis Club, Bridgett Cutlip-State Farm Insurance, Brookdale Salem Assisted Living, Coaches Burger Bar, Pizza Hut, Salem Spiritualist, Famous Hair, Salem Community Center, Pizza Joe’s, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Ventra Plastics, Jackson’s Auto Supply/NAPA, Salem Sr. Housing, T.H.U.G. Youth Group (Emanuel Lutheran Church), SSB C.P.A.’s, Hannah Mullins School of Nursing, Burchfield Museum, Dryer Physical Therapy Institute, Salem Regional Medical Center- Therapy Dept., Eyes for Olivia Foundation, Salem High School Band and the Christina Huffman family.

An award will be given to the best “candy distributor” display. Those still wishing to participate are encouraged to do so. Families are also welcome to set up a table and pass out candy. Call Salem Parks and Recreation Dept. supervisor Shane Franks at 330-332-5512 to participate.

If this event cannot be held outside due to weather conditions, it will be moved next door to the CenterPlex at the Salem Community Center.