Following Worcester and Leicester, Auburn has joined the area “red” communities opting to cancel official trick or treating for 2020. In a statement, the Town announced that “…after much thoughtful discussion…the Board of Selectmen voted to support the recommendation of Town administration and cancel traditional door-to-door trick or treating. They also endorsed the alternative Trunk or Treat event…”
The Trunk or Treat event is a free community event sponsored by Faith Church, Cub Scouts Pack 53, in conjunction with the Town of Auburn. This event will be held on Halloween – Saturday, October 31 – at the Dr. Arthur and Dr. Martha Pappas Recreation Complex at 203A Pakachoag St. from 4-8 pm. The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 1 (same times). Registration is Required.
According to the statement, ‘Trunk or Treat Reimagined 2020’ is a family-oriented event where Auburn families can dress in Halloween costume and come with their children to experience a fun, safe, drive-through alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. Volunteers from Faith Church, in conjunction with the Town of Auburn and Cub Scout Pack 53 as well as area businesses, will wear costumes and decorate their vehicles in child friendly themes. Pre-registered participating vehicles will be parked in the Pappas Recreation Complex lot along a pre-determined route and distribute candy to attendees arriving in their vehicles. We anticipate approximately 50 participating vehicles distributing candy in a contactless manner.
Families registered to attend ‘Trunk or Treat Reimagined 2020’ will be required to remain in their vehicles with their family group and will be required to wear masks throughout the event. Candy will be delivered through a contactless delivery system and must store bought, individually wrapped, and provided by the pre-registered participants. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies will be awarded to the top three best decorated/most innovative vehicles. An additional prize will be awarded for the most innovative contactless candy delivery system.
The statement also points out that, while the CDC considers trunk or Treat events to be higher risk, Auburn has worked with its community partners to mitigate that risk.
“While the CDC classifies traditional Trunk or Treat activities as high risk due to the typical distribution of candy from vehicle trunks to groups of trick or treaters walking past the vehicles, town administration has collaborated with these community partners to hold a Trunk or Treat event that mitigates the risk of the spread of the disease by implementing health measures that protect both the passengers in the vehicles and the volunteers distributing the candy”
The full statement from the Town of Auburn can be accessed HERE.
For more information about the Trunk or Treat event, or to volunteer for the event, please follow this link: https://faithauburn.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/554109
To REGISTER your carload for the Trunk or Treat event, use this link: https://faith-church-trunk-or-treat.ticketleap.com/trunk-or-treat-attendee-registration/?fbclid=IwAR03SgKmHUE-LJfuQeZ-0yh82ErzE6EEreyw3xv2EV3BesaxGKgucGvTuQQ