The American Memorial Park is all revved up for the 6th Annual Trunk or Treat at 4pm today, with nearly 20 government agencies, civic groups, and other community members setting up booths to provide families a safe environment for Halloween.
The trick-or-treating at the AMP parking lot starts at 4pm, and participants are expected to park their vehicles at the venue between 2pm and 3:30pm and get ready before they open their decorated trunks and give away candies and other treats, said Park Ranger Susan Fishman-Tudor.
The rest of the public will be allowed to do parallel parking in the grassy area along Micro Beach Road, around the Micro Beach area or by the Smiling Cove Marina behind the park.
Fishman-Tudor said yesterday that the 6th Annual Trunk or Treat took several months to prepare to give the public a Halloween event that is “more logistically prepared” and would give out a lot more candies.
“We assure that there will be surprises and developments throughout the evening,” she said.
Fishman-Tudor said the annual event puts emphasis on the wellbeing of the public, with the park rangers implementing safety measures such as closing the parking lot as early as last night, giving away glow lights and designating parking spaces, and making use of the Saipan Southern High School JROTC cadets to facilitate traffic flow.
AMP's Halloween celebration will feature new elements this year, including a photo booth made by volunteers and where children can have their photos taken, as well as a wide range of arts and crafts activities such as coloring books and mask-making tools.
Additionally, there will be nonstop screening of family-friendly Halloween movies such as Casper. Fishman-Tudor explained that the film showing and the rest of indoor activities are meant to entertain the trick-or-treaters in case of a downpour.
SSHS' Manta Ray Band will provide live music for the event that's expected to draw thousands of youths and young-at-hearts. Another band, the Saipan Pacific Winds Concert Band, is also expected to play music for the crowd after working hours.
A winner for the Best Decorated Trunk will be selected and there will be a “trash bin monster” created by AMP and the Division of Environmental Quality “to minimize and bring to the forefront the discouragement of making trash” during today's event.
“We've been preparing for this event for a long time so we're really excited. We look forward to the Trunk or Treat every year and we hope that other Halloween events would go safely as well,” she told Saipan Tribune.
For more information, call AMP at 234-7207 Ext. 2020.