Plenty of Halloween activities on tap this year
ARENAC COUNTY — This year Arenac County will celebrate Halloween with a pair of trunk-or-treats, a Halloween party and two children’s parades.
Trunk-or-treats will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 in Au Gres and Standish.
Au Gres’ trunk-or-treat will be held in the parking lot of St. John’s Luthern Church from 4:30-7 p.m.
Church secretary Cheryl Appold said she expects many community members to park their cars and hand out candy during the event.
“We’ve invited our whole city to take part with us, so there will probably be a lot,” she said.
Appold said there will also be cartoons playing inside the church, where cider and donuts will also be served.
The Standish trunk-or-treat is being hosted by the Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church. Church bookkeeper Mary Fitzgerald said the trunk-or-treat will run from 5-7 p.m.
“Anybody in the community is welcome to do it,” she said.
Fitzgerald and Appold both recommended that people who want to pass out candy should arrive early to get lined up for the events.
People in the Sterling and Melita areas looking for a Halloween celebration close to home can check out the Sterling Sportsmen’s Association’s Halloween party Oct. 26. The party is scheduled to run from 5:30-7 p.m., with a hayride beginning at 7 p.m.
A flier for the event says the party will include a costume contest, kids’ games and snacks. There is no charge to attend the party.
During the day Oct. 31, residents of Standish and Sterling can line up along the streets near Standish Elementary or Sterling Elementary and see local students dressed up in their costumes during the schools’ Halloween parades. Both parades are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Trick-or-treating in Standish is scheduled to end at 8 p.m., according to City Manager Curt Hillman. Omer Mayor Alice Sproule said Omer will also have an 8 p.m. curfew.
Pat Killingbeck, city manager for Au Gres, said trick-or-treating ends at 7 p.m. there.