‘Scott Street Scare’ taking shape

While Thanksgiving isn’t even out of the way yet, Sandra McNay already is buy preparing some Hallowe’en thrills and chills for this year’s “Scott Street Scare.”
“I started it and I’m still doing it,” McNay, who organized the first one in 1997, said Thursday.
The event, which will be held Oct. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., once again will see about 30 downtown business keep their doors open late for trick-or-treaters.
“We’re hoping to get the 200 and 300 blocks of Scott Street blocked off again,” noted McNay, adding the “Scott Street Scare” sees more and more costumed ghosts and goblins every year.
Last year saw about 1,000 attend.
But Hallowe’en isn’t the same without candy and McNay noted donations once again are welcome.
“There will be drop boxes at Canadian Tire and Safeway where you can drop off candy,” she said. “And a lot of people make cash donations through service clubs, who donate candy.”
McNay noted anyone who makes a donation can do it as an alternative to handing candy out at their homes. Signs declaring that you donated to the “Scott Street Scare” are available from McNay at Masquerade Costume and Novelty (located at the Crozier Warehouse complex).
“I always like to stress that if everyone donated one bag of candy, we wouldn’t have to solicit for it,” she remarked, adding that, like last year, she is preparing for about 1,500 trick-or-treaters.
Last year, any leftover candy was donated to the Salvation Army Christmas hamper program.
“We also need volunteers to man the crossroads,” noted McNay, referring to the intersections at Mowat, Portage, and Victoria Avenues where north and southbound traffic will not be blocked off.
“Since they need the community hours, grade nine and 10 students are welcome to contact me and work of a couple hours volunteering,” she added.
The Fort Frances Fire Department, OPP, and groups like Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving also will be on hand.
Anyone wishing to volunteer, make a donation, or find out more information is welcome to contact McNay at 274-0484.
In related news, Kitowski Trucking, and possibly other north-end businesses, once again will be having a spooky trailer for kids to visit this Hallowe’en.
While details are still be worked out, organizer Kim Miller noted it would be held at McDonald’s Restaurant, and may include a drop-off bin for food donations for the Salvation Army food bank.