Confused about local Halloween events? There’s a sweet new event

By Tom Barr - News Journal

WILMINGTON — If you’re a parent confused about when and where the kids can trick-or-treat this year in Wilmington, here’s the skinny:

Beggar’s Night will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 when the little goblins can gather candy around the city’s neighborhoods.

Three days before that, from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, there will be a separate event — the first Annual Wilmington Parks & Recreation Trunk or Treat at J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park.

This event consolidates the ones previously held by downtown merchants and makes it not only bigger and better for the kids, but safer for everyone involved — kids and their chaperones won’t have to dodge downtown traffic.

“It’s a real win-win,” said Wilmington Parks & Rec Director Jermaine Isaac. “The community has come together to make for an awesome experience for the kids.”

Parks & Rec is teaming with not only Main Street Wilmington and local businesses, but also with Wilmington College.

Local merchants will attend the Trunk or Treat with lots of candy for trick-or-treaters. And if that’s not enough, this event will include games, costume contests in a variety of categories, a DJ, a photo booth, and even an outdoor movie complete with popcorn.

Kids 14 and under are encouraged to wear their favorite costume, and they should also bring their own bag to collect treats.

Attendees should enter the park from the Rombach Avenue entrance across from Wendy’s.

Area businesses may still get in on the fun by sponsoring a vehicle (which can be decorated; there’s even a contest for that) with candy, or businesses or organizations may donate candy and/or money to help make the event a success.

For more information on how to do this, or if you have questions in general, call Wilmington Parks & Rec at 937-382-4781.

By Tom Barr

News Journal