Ghosts, goblins, spirits and other costumed characters have the chance to haunt Memory Park on Halloween for the 21st annual Trick or Treating in Memory Park event.
A haunting set for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. About 30 vendors are expected to be on hand — many of which are repeats with a few new faces — handing out candy, said Chino Valley Recreation Lead Dallas Gray. Attendees will see the park transformed and decorated, and new this year is a magician who will give two performances, Gray said.
A notable aspect about Trick or Treating in Memory Park is that it’s safe, she said. Town staff hears a lot about safety from parents with little children, and the event is going to have a presence that includes the Chino Valley Police Department, Gray said.
“It’s just a safe environment for your kids to have fun and get the whole Halloween experience,” she said. “You don’t have to worry so much.”
In addition to the vendors and magician, the free event will also have a children’s Halloween maze, a Zombie Zone at Food Trucks and scary stories in the ramada by Children’s Librarian Darlene Westcott.
There most likely won’t be a costume contest, Gray said. Kids just want to have fun, spend time with their friends and enjoy everything the event has for them rather than stand up and wait for their turn in a contest, she said.
“We’re just kind of providing the atmosphere for these kids to come in, be safe, have fun, get candy and have a Halloween they can talk about,” Gray said, adding it’s enjoyable “getting to see the kids out there just having a blast.”
The town has been working on the event for months because getting people put in place and procuring certain vendors can take a bit of time, she said. Lots of people are involved to make it work and be enjoyable for everybody of all ages. Gray even noted her son has been attending the event since he was 1 year old.
Memory Park is located at Palomino Road and N. Road 1 West.
For more information about Chino Valley’s 21st annual Trick or Treating in Memory Park event, call the Town of Chino Valley Recreation Department at 928-636-9780.