• Mary Harrison

Public library hosting Trunk or Treat next Thursday, clubs can volunteer

Promotional flyer for the socially distanced Trunk or Treat hosted by RML and the City of Cairo next Thursday.

Roddenbery Memorial Library (RML) is partnering with the City of Cairo to host a “Drive-Thru Trunk Or Treat” next Thursday, October 29. Billed as “a free, socially distanced Halloween event for the children of Grady County,” the festivity will take place next from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the public library and in front of Davis Park.

The event’s organizers invite all kids in Grady County ages 12 and under to participate in this spin on trick-or-treating. According to Ms. Patsy Pallone, Children's Coordinator for RML, families will drive through rows of trunks, booths, and tables set up by volunteers and various organizations around Grady County, instead of going from trunk to trunk individually.

To keep traffic from backing up on Broad Street, cars should drive down the street that runs by the Cairo Women’s Club and enter the parking lot via one of its east entrance, closest to Davis Park.

Cars will approach the library by the road that runs by Cairo Women's Club and enter the parking lot through one of its east entrances; directional signs will be posted the day of the event.

Trunk-or-treaters and their parents are asked to stay in their car the entire time, so they can prevent the spread of COVID-19 while also enjoying some fall fun. Additional COVID-19 precautions listed on the informational flyer sent out by Ms. Pallone include:

  • All trunk attendants and volunteers will be wearing masks.

  • Volunteers who hand out candy will be wearing gloves and decreasing direct contact by dropping candy directly into treat bags.

“For people who don’t feel safe going house to house [to trick-or-treat], this is a safe alternative,” Ms. Pallone says.

Mr. Chick, Southern Regional Technical College, the City of Cairo, and the members of Grady County 4H are some of the organizations already committing a booth or trunk, Ms. Pallone told the Red & Black. The Children’s Coordinator also teased one “extra special” attraction sponsored by an organization, and says she wants experience to be similar to driving through Christmas light displays.

With the number participants signed up to sponsor booths so far, the Children’s Coordinator believes the event is already comparable to “Boo on Broad,” and she encouraged trunk-or-treaters to get in on the Halloween fun by dressing up, just as they would any other year.

“This is still something I would like to see next year [even if it is not a drive-thru],” Ms. Pallone told the R&B, “… because it’s just fun for the entire community.”

According to CHS Vice-principal Mrs. Tammy Donalson, CHS students and club sponsors interested in volunteering should contact Ms. Pallone at ppallone@rmlibrary.org.

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