Candy, costumes, magic and much more in store to mark Halloween
Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be scary good in St. Marys as our community celebrates Halloween with eerie events for all ages!
The fun begins on Saturday afternoon at Milt Dunnell Field from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of St. Marys, the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation, and photographer Jayne Fuller, everyone is invited to don their costumes and come, preferably by vehicle, to Milt Dunnell Field to be photographed for a slide show!
The first 250 costumed participants will receive a free goodie bag courtesy of McDonald’s Independent Grocer, Hearn’s Ice Cream, Kitchen Smidgen Bakery, Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters and the Town of St. Marys.
Each family attending is asked to complete a photo consent form (www.townofstmarys.com/imageuse) and COVID consent form (www.townofstmarys.com/COVID) in advance. A number of measures will be in place to make the event as safe as possible for all. Pedestrian participants may have to wait for entry as social gathering numbers dictate.
The slideshow is one component of a spooky night for St. Marys: thanks to the generosity of United Way Perth-Huron, our community will be treated to an all-ages, live-stream, made-only-for-St. Marys interactive show by master magician and mentalist Lawrence Larouche, also known as Majinx. The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. and the show will be approximately one hour long.
The show will be live-streamed on the Town of St. Marys Facebook page – no account is required to view, and viewers can participate in the magic! All you’ll need is a deck of cards with all the Aces brought to the top of the deck, five pieces of paper (or card stock) about three by two inches, a black marker and some table space to work on. Donations to the United Way can be made all weekend via Facebook; all contributions remain in St. Marys and tax receipts are available.
Immediately following the show, a local ghost story will air, written by local history enthusiast June Cunningham and performed by personality Chet Greason. You may never look at Town Hall the same way again! Please note the story may not be suitable for younger children.
The Halloween fun continues on Sunday, Nov. 1, with a first-ever “Pumpkins on Parade” at Milt Dunnell Field. Drop off your gently used jack-o’-lantern between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., ensuring there are no toothpicks, candles or any other accessories stuck in it.
From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., enjoy our community’s handiwork for the last time before the pumpkins are properly composted in the municipal landfill. Participants are encouraged to drive to Milt Dunnell Field to maintain social distancing; pedestrian participants may have to wait for entry as social gathering numbers dictate.
Anyone wanting pumpkins for animal feed or horticultural use can make arrangements by contacting Events Coordinator Andrea Macko at 519-284-2340, ext. 249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.