Spooktacular events at Cedar Bay draw a crowd
Tim Brody - Editor
Hundreds of people visited Cedar Bay last Saturday for Trunk or Treat and Boo At The Bay.
Coordinated by Drayton Cash and Carry Owner Dorothy Broderick and the Friends of Cedar Bay, 12 organizations, businesses and families handed out treats during the afternoon in the Cedar Bay parking lot for Trunk or Treat.
Participating trunks included: Drayton Cash and Carry, Chandra Lambe & family, Cedar Bay, Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre, SkyCare, Camp of the Woods, Girl Guides Sioux Lookout,
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Diabetes Program, Masonic Lodge, Ontario Provincial Police, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Development Services, and Keewaytin-Aski Ltd.
Broderick said she handed out approximately 200 candy bags at the event, about the same number she handed out last year.
A portion of the Howard Lockhart Trail was transformed into a haunted trail for the Boo At The Bay event, which featured spooky decorations and hauntings from local volunteers dressed up in spooky apparel.
“I would say they were pretty successful,” Broderick said the following day.
She estimates approximately 400 people made their way down the haunted trail.
“We had a really fun night. It was a really good turnout. We only allowed people to go down the trail one time this year, so that it made it a surprise for every person. We were only allowing groups of four (at a time) so that it was easier for our haunters and it made it a little bit safer on the trail to have smaller groups of people. It was a lot of fun. I think our haunters had a blast,” Broderick said.
Heaters were set up in the pavilion, along with a bonfire out front, to help guests stay warm. Hot chocolate was also provided.
This year’s haunters were high school students, participants from the Sioux Lookout Girl Guides Pathfinders program, herself and members of the McCord family.
The event was supported by PACE, Salvation Army Sioux Lookout, The Sioux Lookout Lions Club, and Fresh Market Foods. Broderick thanked auxiliary members of the Sioux Lookout OPP their presence at the trail as well as all of the volunteers, trunks, and haunters who helped out with both events.
Accessibility is a big consideration for the event Broderick said, noting the haunted trail was set up on the easiest part of the trail to traverse. The event was also free for participants.
“We try to make sure there is no entry cost, because that’s another barrier, but we do collect donations which helps us do it again next year,” Broderick said.
“Halloween is my inner child and I love Halloween. It’s so much fun. It’s one of those events where it doesn’t matter what your skills or abilities are, everyone can enjoy something about Halloween,” Broderick concluded.