‘Backyard haunt’ needs more help

Duane Hicks

Trick-or-treaters will be taking to the streets this Sunday for Hallowe’en and one stop many are sure to make will be to Tess and Robert Coish’s haunted backyard at 1030 Scott St.
But in order to make it as successful as it’s been in the past two years, they’ll need more donations of treats, Tess Coish said yesterday afternoon.
She noted they have received some donations so far, but not enough to meet the demand of 800-900 little ghosts and goblins.
“People have just started coming in. We could use more,” stressed Coish, suggesting she could use more bags of chips.
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to donate candy and other treats.
While it is preferable they drop it off at Tess’ Kitchen, pick-up can be arranged.
Those who donate candy—either to support what’s fast becoming a community event or in lieu of giving out candy themselves—can get a sign for their window or door to notify others that they’ve already given candy to the event.
Coish stressed she only wants candy, not cash to buy treats.
Coish also has been given 900 glow sticks by Family & Children’s Services to hand out to trick-or-treaters on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Coish said the work on their backyard—which by Sunday will be a spooky but fun Hallowe’en maze for youngsters to explore—is coming along, thanks to the help of the Fort Frances Lakers and Muskie boys’ hockey teams.
 She believes the players also will be volunteering on Hallowe’en.
But the more volunteers, the better, with Coish saying anyone who would like to help, either with decorating the backyard haunt or running it on Hallowe’en night, are encouraged to help out, especially high school students who need to earn their volunteer hours in order to graduate.
Volunteers who help out Sunday are asked to look the part and wear costumes (not too scary, though).
The event will start at 6 p.m. and run until about 8:30-9 p.m., depending on how many people still are coming by.
Anyone interested in donating candy, volunteering their time, or needing more information can call Coish at 274-0787 or drop by 1030 Scott St.