LEHMAN TWP. — Witches, goblins, superheroes and princesses are invited to the Back Mountain Trick or Treat Neighborhood event slated for Monday, Oct. 31 at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds.
Creepy clowns will be denied and turned away.
The first-ever Halloween event is designed to spark the whimsical fun of the holiday while spearheading safety for children, said Marian DeAngelis, secretary and office manager of Lehman Township.
The free event, scheduled from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds located off Route 118 in Lehman Township, will allow children in costumes to enjoy the door-to-door experience of trick-or-treating but in a safe environment.
“Parents dressed as clowns will not be permitted to enter the event,” DeAngelis said.
Police officers from local municipalities will patrol the fairgrounds during the event, DeAngelis said. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Parents, businesses and organizations have to register to have a spot along Fairgrounds Street to either park a vehicle or set up a booth to hand out candy to children from the Lake-Lehman and Dallas school districts.
“We want to simulate a neighbor feel of walking around trick-or-treating,” DeAngelis said. “Participants are encouraged to decorate their area and prizes will be given out.”
The idea for the event was conjured up by two Lake-Lehman School District parents, Jenna Borger and Rhonda Spencer, who were watching the news about creepy clowns popping up in communities throughout the country and the swarm of trick-or-treaters anticipated to be out and about this Halloween.
The mothers told their idea to DeAngelis, who reached out to Elizabeth Martin, Dallas Township supervisor; Alan and Brenda Pugh with the Dallas Area Fall Fair Committee; Dave Schweizer and Jennifer Johnson.
“Within five minutes of hearing their idea we had a place to hold it,” DeAngelis said. “Everyone who heard the idea was on board.”
Area businesses donated monetary, candy, cider or other services to fire up the fun.
“We will have hot or cold cider and a DJ,” DeAngelis said.
There were be fire trucks and a tow truck on site with representatives giving out candy, she said. A dance party for the children will be held near the horse riding arena, she said.
Middle school and high school aged children will have a “special surprise,” DeAngelis said.
“I can’t say what (the surprise) will be,” she said.
DeAngelis said there are currently 38 “neighbors” registered to give out candy, but there is room for more.
To register or with questions, call Lehman Township at 570-674-7788; Dallas Township at 570-674-2000; Harveys Lake Borough at 570-639-2113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DeAngelis said they are expecting about 2,000 children to be in attendance so monetary and candy donations are appreciated.
Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours at the Harveys Lake Borough and Dallas and Lehman township municipal buildings.
The Lehman Township municipal building will also be open from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Thursdays to take donations, she said.
“We hope to make this an annual event,” she said.
Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.