The event may look a little different compared to the past 30 years, but the Port Huron Recreation Department is determined to make the most of its 31st annual Halloween Stroll! Amid COVID-19, the department has decided that a drive-thru setting would be the safest way for trick-or-treaters and their families to enjoy Halloween scenes while collecting candy and celebrating this holiday.
Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 31, this year’s Halloween Stroll is moving its location to Desmond Landing at 3rd St. in Port Huron. The event traditionally took place at Sanborn Park, but a change of location was necessary to better accommodate the new drive-thru setting.
“Moving location was not exactly what we wanted to do because we love our event at Sanborn Park, but we believe this effort will keep some type of normalcy and still provide Halloween fun for our community,” said Nancy Winzer, director of Port Huron Parks & Recreation.
The department is also joining forces with Port Huron Downtown Development Authority and combining the Halloween Stroll with Touch a Truck, the annual Halloween event in downtown Port Huron. The partnership will bring trucks on display, downtown businesses as participating trick-or-treating stations, photo ops, and plenty of spooky decorations.
Families are encouraged to decorate their cars for a Halloween parade and also dress in costume as photo ops will be available at the end of the drive-thru. This event will follow social distancing regulations and participating businesses will wear masks while distributing candy.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online on the department’s website. Tickets for residents are $8 and $10 for non-residents per carload. Registration will not be available on the day of the event.
“My goal is to make this year’s Halloween Stroll the coolest drive-thru event that Port Huron has ever seen!” said Kati Gardner, co-supervisor of the Port Huron Recreation Department and event’s coordinator.
In cooperation with Burtchville Township, Clyde Township, Fort Gratiot Township, and Port Huron Township, their residents have been afforded the City of Port Huron’s resident rate for recreation programs and events due to a collaboration with the City of Port Huron.