By Kim Kalliber, Tulalip News
For kids and adults alike, Halloween is a favorite holiday. And this year it lands on a Saturday, with a full moon. But also, a pandemic. The end-of-year holiday celebrations may seem bleak this year, but there are ways to have fun and be safe.
Tulalip tribal member Malory Simpson and her team of volunteers are continuing to work hard to bring Trunk or Treat to the Tulalip community. Happening at 1:00 p.m. on October 31 at the Tulalip admin building parking lot, the group is determined to not let a fave holiday go uncelebrated. There are costumes to be worn and candy to be had!
“Although the event will look different this year, I believe our community looks forward to not only volunteering, but also allowing children to participate,” said Malory. “I think it’s good for the kids to see some type of normalcy, while we practice safe measures.”
“We haven’t had any events that have enabled us to bring the community together safely, and this will hopefully allow our people to reconnect with one another, added tribal member Natosha Gobin, “We all have been going through our own struggles during the pandemic, often times feeling like our kids are going without their normal interactions. Through hosting this gathering we will remind our community of the strength we share by showing up to serve: Together We’re Better!”
Trunk or Treat will still feature plenty of good Halloween fun with buckets of candy handed out at the entrance. And although party goers need to remain in their cars, they can drive slowly through to view the festive décor and wave to their friends, and any roaming ghosts, princesses, superheroes and more.
“I am not sure how many parents will allow their kids to go out and trick or treat so this will give them something to do to replace that safely,” added Malory.
To help out with the event, Malory and crew are accepting donations of pre-filled candy bags. They request that folks please wear a mask and gloves while preparing candy bags, as they are working to ensure the safest possible environment for the community.
Another necessity is Halloween buckets. These can be found at Wal-Mart for one dollar each.
And of course, cash donations are always helpful as well. If you can volunteer in any way, please contact Malory at 360.716.4722. Have a fun and safe Halloween.