‘Halloween Trick or Treat Town’ brings community together to celebrate Halloween

Published: Oct. 26, 2019 at 3:23 PM AKDT
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A zombie brains eating contest, costume contest and lots of trick or treating happened today at Pioneer Park’s annual ‘Halloween Trick or Treat Town.’

Pioneer Park Manager Donnie Hayes says although this event has been going on for many years this is the third year that the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association, Pioneer Park and Access Alaska have partnered together to manage the event.

"Halloween Trick or Treat Town is just an opportunity for the community to come together to have a safe place to enjoy a little bit of festive fun," said Hayes.

All of the proceeds from the event go to Access Alaska, the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association and the borough's Parks and Rec Department.

"All of our agencies are able to come together and we're able to raise awareness for both access, Fairbanks Youth Soccer, and also the accessible playground here at Pioneer Park," said Sarah Canoy, statewide director of independent living with Access Alaska.

But at the end of the day, Pioneer Park Manager Donnie Hayes says the event is for the kids.

"There's just a joy that I get from seeing these kids out enjoying the weather, enjoying Pioneer Park and just being happy — it's pretty special," said Hayes.

There were a variety of activities available in addition to trick-or-treating -- like free train rides, reptile shows, dance shows, and eating contests.

“It’s pretty special in a community like this to be able to have so many different people come together to provide something to the community without malice, without anger, but just pure joy,” said Hayes.

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