The organizers of the Abington Celebrates committee have been hard at work to keep the Halloween spirit alive in Abington.
On Saturday, October 24th Abington Celebrates is hosting a free drive-thru event called “Trick or Treat Trail” at Island Grove Park from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The event will feature creative, spooky displays from local businesses, organizations and individuals for those driving along the trail route, as well as a carved pumpkin contest.
The COVID-19 pandemic halted the committee’s plans of its annual Flag Day/Founder’s Day weekend with fireworks this past June. Every October, the committee hosts Oktoberfest weekend which is normally jam-packed with free family-fun events.
With the safety of the public front of mind, the group this year chose to make it drive-thru event.
“We want our community to be safe, but to have a great time as well,” said Michele Christian, Public Outreach Coordinator of Abington Celebrates.
“The drive-thru event is a safe alternative for an in-person event such as this. Families will remain in their vehicles throughout the Trick or Treat Trail route. Participants with displays will be safely spaced throughout the Grove as well following guidelines. No walkers will be allowed other than staff and presenters.”
Last week, the committee sent a request through their Facebook page encouraging local businesses, organizations and individuals that wish to be part of the event to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The response we have received so far has been tremendous,” said Christian.
“The Board of Health as well as the Park and Recreation Department are on board with fun displays. Steve Centola from Music ‘n Motion will be providing music, Abington Dentistry for Children and folks from the Abington Lions Club will also be on hand, just to name a few.”
“Our list is growing daily,” added Christian.
Those interested in attending can check the group’s Facebook page for updates and guidelines as the event develops.
“It’s great to see everyone getting into the spirit for something fun for our community,” said Christian.
Traditionally, Abington Celebrates arranges three annual town-wide family-oriented celebrations offered as free to all. In addition to Flag Day/Founders’ Day, Oktoberfest celebrations are held the weekend after Columbus and Christmas at Island Grove is celebrated the second weekend in December.
Abington Celebrates’ core group is made up of members of the Board of Selectmen, the Abington Summer Concerts Committee, the Historical Society of Old Abington, and the Jeffrey Coombs Foundation. They work tirelessly with Abington businesses, fraternal organizations, churches and non-profits in coordinating the annual events.
For more information, visit Abington Celebrates on Facebook.
(Written by Michele Christian, Public Outreach Coordinator for Abington Celebrates)