The Saipan Mayor’s Office has something big in store for trick-or-treaters this coming Halloween on Oct. 31.
Saipan Mayor Donald G. Flores said his staff is currently busy putting the finishing touches on the haunted house they are building on the ground floor of the Ladera Center along Beach Road in San Jose.
Flores said the owner of the building was kind enough to allow them to use the 2,000-square-foot vacant room on the ground floor for their Halloween activity. The Saipan Mayor’s Office is housed on the second floor of the Ladera Center.
“Last year we celebrated Halloween for the second time by issuing out candies. The kids were very happy about it. This time we’re trying to make it different from last year by getting a room downstairs, which was offered by the landlord for free, and having a haunted house there.”
Those who cannot make it to the mayor’s haunted house in San Jose can still get treats from the mayor’s office, according to Flores.
“Some kids unfortunately can’t make it to the haunted house like those residing in Kagman. So I reached out to the mayors of Guam to donate some excess candies. They are happy to help us and they said they would ship whatever excess candies they can get. If that happens we will have an extended Halloween outreach in Kagman and hand candies to the kids there.”
Flores is also thinking of making their treats healthier this year by including toothbrushes and toothpastes in the items they give out.
In related news, Rotary Club of Saipan president Laila Y. Boyer last Tuesday announced that its Trunk or Treat activity will push through at the Marianas Business Plaza on Oct. 31 from 5pm to 9pm.
Boyer made the announcement prior to the end of the federal shutdown last Thursday. The shutdown resulted in the closure of the American Memorial Park, which for years hosted and even organized the Truck of Treat.
Earlier, chief ranger Jason Beatty said AMP is turning over the hosting duties of the event to the Rotary Club because the civic organization is better equipped to organize the Trunk or Treat. (Mark Rabago)