Alternative ways to celebrate Halloween in Fairbanks

Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 4:06 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With COVID-19 a concern for families in Fairbanks, several local businesses and community centers are providing residents with safer alternatives to celebrate Halloween, allowing kids to enjoy the holiday while reducing potential risk.

Local car wash Splash & Dash is providing a treat bag for the first 50 costumed customers. The bags will contain coupons for local businesses like Great Harvest Bread Company, Bagels & Brew, and others. Participants are required to purchase a lava wash, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the local Breast Cancer Detection Center. More information can be found on their Facebook event page.

“We are just trying to help out the community, you know? By doing good for breast cancer and doing the Halloween haunted from three to six, that’s the lava splash, that way we can make some more money for them and help them out a little bit for fund raising and all that,” said Splash & Dash owner Sam Makkar.

Jo’s Oven will be giving out free treats for kids in costumes from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m and will have festive Halloween sweets for sale like cake pops, cinnamon sugar pretzels, and six Halloween flavored cupcakes with free decorations. More information can be found on their Facebook event page.

Shannon Park Baptist Church will be doing a Trunk or Treat event as well, giving out candy and hot chocolate to the community. More info can be found on their Facebook event page.

“Trunk or Treat is a community outreach event that Shannon Park Baptist Church does. This is our third year, and this year we are actually having the Lighthouse Church with Pastor Shane joining us. We reach to the community with candy and hot chocolate, and we do it from six to eight, and we do it because we love God and we love people,” said Shannon Park Pastor Rodney May.

The Mojo to Go coffee shop is offering trick or treating at their location as well as free hot chocolate and steamers for children. along with free drip coffee for adults. For more information visit their Facebook event page.

“We understand with COVID right now that there is a lot of issue and concern in trick or treating, and we offer Fairbanks a safe place to bring their kids,” said Mojo to Go owner Desiree Jolley.

The Fairbanks Police Department will be conducting Operation Glow, giving out glow sticks to trick or treaters around the community.

“We go out every Halloween night, we purchase a bunch of glow sticks with lanyards, and we just want to make sure kids are visible while they’re out trick or treating, so we distribute those. We have officers set up around town and they give out the glow sticks, put them on kids and make sure that everybody’s visible,” said Deputy Police Chief Ron Dupee.

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