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Fond memories for all ages at city’s Trick or Treat Trail

BY TANYA TERRY
810-452-2645 * tterry@mihomepaper.com


Mayor Paula Zelenko visits with a young guest at a previous year’s Trick or Treat Trail. Mayor Paula Zelenko visits with a young guest at a previous year’s Trick or Treat Trail. BURTON — The annual city of Burton Trick or Treat Trail is just around the corner, and will feature a hayride, free pumpkins, a bounce house and more. This year’s event takes place from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Bentley High School, and has been a hit for the past nine years.

Jim Craig, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said a lot of kids really like the hayride.

“A lot of families with younger kids go on the hayride,” he said. “For some of them, it’s their first time on one.”

Participants will also be able to decorate sugar cookies with various colors of icing.

“We’ll have the basic Halloween colors,” Craig said. “Kids can draw pumpkins, scary faces or anything they want on the cookies. It’s a festive activity.”


A hayride is one of the many offerings at the annual city of Burton Trick or Treat Trail, to be held Oct. 28 at Bentley High School. A hayride is one of the many offerings at the annual city of Burton Trick or Treat Trail, to be held Oct. 28 at Bentley High School. Parks and Recreation commissioners, church groups, neighborhood businesses, the Burton Police Department, the Burton Fire Department and any individuals who would like to will be passing out candy at the event.

“Each volunteering group brings their own thrills of Halloween with them in their Halloween booths and set-ups,” said Sue Warren, director of the Burton Parks and Recreation department.

“Even last-minute volunteers are able to help, up to just before the event,” Craig said. “We’re giving kids who live on roads with too much traffic for trick-or-treating or where a lot of people don’t hand out much candy another safe place to get candy.”

The first 400 entrants will get small pumpkins to take home with them.

“They aren’t really carving pumpkins,” Craig said. “They are no more than about 12 inches in diameter. So, they’re perfect for the little kids or anyone who just wants a pumpkin to decorate. People can color them with markers and draw faces on them.”

Craig said in the city of Burton and around Genesee County, there is a diverse population when it comes to income.

“This gives all families a chance to get a pumpkin,” he said.

Cider and donuts will be provided.

“This is Michigan,” Craig said. “Traditionally, people associate fall with cider and donuts. So, it’s not as much a Halloween thing, but a fall thing. This also gives the adults something they enjoy as well. More activities that appeal to adults are expected to be incorporated next year.”

Craig said the face painting, animal balloon maker and bounce house have all proven to be popular activities at the Trick or Treat Trail in the past, and will be offered this year.

“The balloon maker is usually the last person to leave at our city events because the line is so long,” Craig said. “It’s also fun for kids to decorate themselves with face painting, whether they have a costume or not. The more activities we can offer at one place, the more kids will enjoy themselves.”

Craig said the Bentley Community Schools district and the administration were a great help with the trail this year. He said the event is amusing for the entire family, and the Bentley High School location offers more and safer parking than the trail’s previous Kelly Lake Park location.

“Parks and Recreation is a way to market the city in a positive way, and improves the quality of life for people living in the city through events like the Trick or Treat Trail and many others,” he said.

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