Popular Trail of Treats returning as a drive-thru

SALEM — The fifth annual Trail of Treats will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Waterworth Memorial Park, but this year families will drive along a service road instead of walking.

Salem Parks Recreation Supervisor Amber Smith recently explained the logistics of this year’s event to Salem Parks Commission members, in complying with COVID-19 guidelines. The drive-thu route will begin off of Sunset, with entry to the access road just past Rotary softball field. Businesses, organizations, clubs and churches will set up tables along the route to give away candy and promotional items. The route will travel past the duck pond and continue out to East School Street.

So far, she said 27 local businesses have signed up to take part, but added “we’re hoping to get more.”

Last year 44 businesses and organizations participated, with more than 600 kids and adults walking through the Trail of Treats. Some of the displays can get elaborate, with participants urged to dress for the occasion in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the two best displays.

A collection will be taken up during the event for the Brightside Project, a non-profit which assists children in the area with needs, such as food snacks, personal care items or school supplies.

The Trail of Treats is co-sponsored by Salem Parks and Recreation and the non-profit Eyes for Olivia.

Businesses, churches, clubs and organizations wanting to participate must register ahead of time to take part by calling Smith at 330-271-8913 or Kim Hoffman at 330-720-5220.



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