Dana Stewart is the Special Programs Coordinator for the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation department. She is in charge of all of the therapeutic programs, the fall and spring concert series, Special Olympics, Daddy/Daughter date night and the Downtown Trick-or-Treat Halloween event.
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“This is our twelfth year to do the trick-or-treating event downtown. I believe this year’s going to be a big one,” said Stewart. The event will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, from 6-8pm in downtown Auburn, and the streets will close from 5:30-8:30pm. The different stores downtown will be giving out candy to kids, and there will be several special appearances and entertainment throughout the evening.
The Caterpillars of the Community, this year’s band, will be performing at 6pm on top of the tiger paw downtown. Aubie, Miss Auburn, Miss Auburn University, Miss Southern Union, Auburn cheerleaders, athletes and Tiger Paws will all be present to sign autographs and take pictures. Also, the raptor center will be there with several birds, and Auburn firemen and a fire truck will be there for pictures.
There will also be a costume contest for the best, most original, family and pet costumers. Most importantly, there will be lots and lots of candy! “This will be just a good time for the families and the kids. We don’t ever want anything scary, we want to keep everything fun and spooky. We want people to remember that this is all about the kids, and keeping the Auburn community involved and engaged,” said Stewart.
It is important to note that the event is for kids 12 and under, and every child must be accompanied by a parent. There is also the Neighborhood Trick-or-Treat that will be going on that night from 6-8pm as well, so there will be extra security present in the Auburn area. “We want to let everyone in the community know to expect several kids in the downtown area, as well as surrounding areas, because we want everyone to be safe,” said Stewart.
“There is one thing I really want people to know though. We are asking everyone to please bring canned goods and non-perishables to the event to donate to the East Alabama Food Bank. They are in dire need of donations,” said Stewart. The Parks and Recreation department has teamed up with the East Alabama Food Bank to provide bins at each of their events to collect can donations. If everyone could donate one can, that would make a huge difference.