Donations needed for ‘Scott Street Scare’

With Hallowe’en a week from today, local children probably already are starting to daydream about getting that big haul of goodies.
But Sandra McNay, head organizer of the annual “Scott Street Scare,” said
it’s the adults she’d like to see with candy on their mind as she needs more treats donated for the event, which draws about 1,000 little ghosts and goblins to Scott Street each Oct. 31.
McNay, who figures the event needs around 60,000 pieces of candy, said anyone who wants to donate goodies can buy them and drop them off at Canadian Tire, Safeway, or Wal-Mart, or simply make a money donation at Masquerade Costume & Novelty (256 Scott St.)
Those who donate candy also can get a sign to put in their window at home, indicating they gave to the “Scott Street Scare.”
McNay also noted while the Muskie girls’ hockey team and Muskie cheerleaders are volunteering with the “Scott Street Scare,” more helping hands are always welcome, including people who want to hand out candy at participating businesses.
“That’s one comment I do get a lot is people miss the kids at their homes, but they’ve just got to come on down if they want to see them,” she remarked.
Costumed kiddies are encouraged to come to Scott Street and get treats from participating businesses next Monday between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
As in previous years, Scott Street will be blocked off from Toonie’s to Safeway for the young trick-or-treaters, with volunteers stationed at each intersection to help the children cross the street safely.
McNay noted about 35 businesses are participating this year.
“That’s more than we’ve had before,” she said. “We have a lot of first-time participants, people who haven’t done it in the past who’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon. It’s really good,” she said.
“But it means we need more candy.”
Family and Children Services will have a tent located near TD Canada Trust and the CIBC, where trick-or-treaters will be given glow sticks before they start out.
The Fort Frances Fire Department, Fort Frances Ambulance Service, Fort Frances OPP, and familiar mascots, like the Pizza Hut “Pizza Pooch” and Sparky the Fire Safety Dog, also will be around for the “Scott Street Scare.”
For more information, to make a cash donation, or to provide feedback on the “Scott Street Scare,” contact McNay at 274-2208 or drop by Masquerade.
In related news, Kitowski Trucking’s spooky trailer also will be back at the McDonald’s parking lot on Hallowe’en, where volunteers will be passing out bags of goodies to youngsters starting at 5 p.m.
It will be set up until the trick-or-treaters stop coming.
“Things are going great,” said head organizer Kim Miller, adding she’s preparing for 1,000 trick-or-treaters, with any leftover candy to be donated to the local Salvation Army.
Miller said anyone who wants to help bag candy can drop by Doug Kitowski Trucking on Sixth Street around 7 p.m. this Thursday. And if they want to help decorate the trailer, they can come after 10 a.m. on Sunday.