Halloween Extravaganza

Halloween Extravaganza

by Suzanne Driskill - 

The Halloween Extravaganza, a Timbergrove tradition started over 30 years ago, has a rich history of fun for all ages, and this year’s event, scheduled for Friday, October 31st, promises more of the same.  A schedule of the night’s events is summarized below:

Costume Contest – The festivities will begin at 6:15pm with a children’s costume contest in the cul-de-sac on Glen Oaks.  There will be multiple age groups with prizes awarded to the best costumes in each group.

Trick-or-Treat Parade – After the costume contest prizes are awarded, the trick-or-treat parade will begin.  Trick-or-treaters and their parents will parade from Glen Oaks, down Nashua, left onto Turnpike and right onto Prince Street.  If you won’t be parading down the street with a trick-or-treater, please make plans to set up a lawn chair along the route to hand out treats to the local ghouls and goblins!

Haunted House and Carnival – The parade will end on Prince Street where we will have a haunted house, along with various other games, movies and treats.  The haunted house and movie are expected to begin at approximately 6:45pm.

Food Trucks – We are excited to have two food trucks joining in on the fun this year.  Come hungry and bring your wallet to sample the adult and kid-friendly dinner options from Skratch Food Truck (www.skratch-food-truck.com.)  And to top it all off, indulge in a sweet treat from Frosted Betty (www.frostedbetty.com)

The Halloween Extravaganza is truly a special event with hundreds of attendees from Timbergrove and the surrounding neighborhoods.  However, none of this would be possible without a significant investment of time and energy from neighborhood volunteers.  And because no newsletter article would be complete without me asking for your assistance, I’m putting out a call for help with the following at this year’s event:

Set Up and Tear Down – We need any and all hands to assist with setting up prior to the event and tear down after things wind down on Halloween night.

Costume Contest – We need four judges to assist with the costume contest from 6:00 to 6:30.

Popcorn Machine and Refreshments – We need volunteers to run the popcorn machine and to manage the refreshment table.  We hope to have two shifts (6:30 to 7:30 and 7:30 to 8:30) with two volunteers needed per shift.

Haunted  House – We need volunteers to work in the haunted house.  We hope to have two shifts (6:45 to 7:45 and 7:45 to 8:45) with four volunteers needed per shift.

Games – We need volunteers to assist children with the games and to hand out prizes.  We hope to have two shifts (6:45 to 7:45 and 7:45 to 8:45) with four volunteers needed per shift.

Please call or email me (713.320.0647 or suzanne.driskill@gmail.com) if you would like to get involved.   We also welcome any ideas that you might have to make this year’s event more fun and exciting.  Do you have any other great ideas to improve on prior years’ events?  I look forward to working with the folks who have helped in the past and am excited to hear new ideas from those of you who will be joining us this year!



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