First Person: A less scary option for Halloween fun
The ‘Not So Scary’ Halloween trail has become tradition for young families in the Rhinelander area. This is the ninth year of the event. Chair Laurie Bielen has been involved in the planning since the second year. We spoke with her about the trail, which takes place this Friday, Oct. 24.
Buyers’ Guide: What exactly is the Not So Scary Halloween Trail?
Laurie Bielen: The Not So Scary Halloween Trail makes us of the path behind the Y, starting at the ice arena, and finishing near the Sheriff’s Department. Volunteer groups set up sites along the path. Some have activities for the children to do, others hand out candy. Registration is at the trail’s beginning, so parents should park in the Ice Arena lot. It continues back to the Y where there will be refreshments and games. The idea started as a way to thank the community for their support through the year.
BG: How has it changed through the years?
LB: We started with just a handful of volunteer groups setting up a site. This year we have around 25. It seems like some of the groups compete against themselves, too, each year to be more creative and more elaborate. We’re seeing more participants, too. Last year we registered 1,300 people.
BG: What groups really went all out in the past?
LB: The Fantastic Sam’s group stands out in my mind. Last year they dressed as minions from the ‘Despicable Me’ movie, and had a game of minion bowling. It was great. But dressing up is not a requirement. Some of the groups start out with a banner to promote themselves, then up their game for the next year.
BG: What should people know before they head out to the trail?
LB: The event is free, but we are collecting food pantry donations. We recommend everyone bring a flashlight. Even though there are lights along the trail, it’s a good idea to have extra lighting. And at the end of the trail, participants should go inside the Y. There will be hot soup and chili, hot chocolate and baked goods in one half of the gym, and Games in the other half. We also want to thank our many volunteers that make this great event possible.
The Not So Scary Halloween Trail is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Parking is at the ice arena, where the trail begins.