Yes, Virginia, there will be Halloween in Crestview. While other municipalities and public attractions are cancelling Halloween events, the city has expanded opportunities for families to enjoy the festive holiday.
Starting with trunk-or-treating before a drive-in family movie night, then continuing with the city’s annual Fall Festival on Halloween night, there will be plenty to see, do and eat and many opportunities to enjoy a holiday that was just made for wearing a mask.
Precautions will be encouraged at the Fall Festival and trunk-or-treat. Here’s what’s in store:
TRUNK-OR-TREATING, Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m.: At Spanish Trail Park, sponsored by the Crestview Public Library. Enter at the Whitehurst Municipal Building parking lot, then, from the safety of your vehicle, drive slowly along the park’s southern boundary and admire the creatively decorated vehicle trunks while receiving treats. To display your vehicle’s decorated trunk and hand out treats, contact the library, 850.682.4432.
FAMILY DRIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHT, Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: On the south side of the Spanish Trail Park amphitheatre. Enjoy the treats received from trunk-or-treating while relaxing in your vehicle and watching a PG-rated, perennially popular 1994 Disney movie about a teen who inadvertently releases a trio of often-comedic witches played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi.
This movie screening is a Mayor’s Cultural Series Program and is sponsored by realtor Charley Figueroa and We Care Heating & Air. For information, contact Community Recreation and Enrichment Services, 850.682.0789.
FALL FESTIVAL, Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-6 p.m.: The Main Street Crestview Association and the City of Crestview invite families to enjoy a fun, safe evening of music, vendors, trick-or-treating and costume contests on Main Street. Vendors will distribute treats for trick-or-treaters. For information or to register as a vendor, contact MSCA, 850.810.6722, www.downtowncrestview.org.
TRICK-OR-TREATING, Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.: While it is up to parents to determine when they would like their children to be out trick-or-treating, Mayor JB Whitten recommends these hours on Halloween night. Adults should escort their children and take precautions to assure their safety by carrying hand sanitizer, having flashlights and making sure costumes and masks allow youngsters to walk and see unencumbered.
“We are absolutely delighted to offer this variety of fun, family-friendly events,” Mayor Whitten said. “City officials and I wish everyone a fun, safe and happy Halloween.”