‘Scott Street Scare’ planned again

With Hallowe’en less than a month away, so is a local tradition known as the “Scott Street Scare.”
“We’re having it for sure. We’re just kind of getting things underway,” said head organizer Sandra McNay, owner of Masquerade Costume & Novelty here.
Costumed kiddies are encouraged to come to Scott Street and get treats from participating businesses on Monday, Oct. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
While the planning has only just begun, and she doesn’t know exactly how many downtown businesses will be on board yet, McNay is confident the event, which normally draws more than 1,000 little ghosts and goblins, once again will be a hit.
“People really missed it last year,” she remarked, referring to the fact it was not held because Hallowe’en fell on a Sunday.
As in previous years, the downtown area will be blocked off that evening for the young trick-or-treaters, with volunteers stationed at each intersection to help the children cross safely.
Candy and cash donations from local residents, businesses, and service clubs are now being accepted, which can be dropped off at Masquerade. Cheques can be made out to “Scott Street Scare.”
Those who donate candy also can get a sign to put in their window at home, indicating they gave to the “Scott Street Scare.”
While the “Scott Street Scare” has been going for more than a half-dozen years, drawing huge crowds of children each time, McNay said she’d like to hear input from the public if they have ideas as to changing it.
“If we could get some feedback on the event from people, that would be great,” she remarked. “I’ve had a couple of really negative comments made to me lately about kids not going door-to-door any more.
“And that I’m saying that Fort Frances isn’t a safe community, which isn’t what I’m saying at all,” she stressed.
“If people have comments or feedback on it, they can call me and let me know rather than talk amongst themselves,” McNay added. “I’d really like the feedback.
“If that’s how people are feeling, then I’m not going to waste my time. It takes a lot to organize it,” she noted. “If people aren’t liking it, or if we could do something differently, they can let me know.”
McNay said if people miss seeing trick-or-treaters come to their doors, they should come downtown for the “Scott Street Scare.”
“Help out a business hand out candy—they would love the help,” she suggested. “If you miss the kids, you’ll see a thousand of them.”
For more information, contact McNay at 274-2208 or drop by Masquerade (256 Scott St.)
In related news, Kim Miller of Doug Kitowski Trucking confirmed last week that the spooky trailer once again will be making an appearance this Hallowe’en.