The City of Auburn is celebrating Halloween a big way this year. Kids and adults alike will be treated to a safe and exciting time thanks to both the city, the police department and tourism.
First, Auburn Tourism is sponsoring a pumpkin decorating contest. People of all ages are invited to share their creative pumpkin masterpieces for all to see. Sarah Moore, who serves on the tourism board, ask participants to deliver their carved or painted pumpkins to Auburn City Hall, Oct. 28-30 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Winners will be displayed at the old city hall building at the “Scare on the Square” event to be held Oct. 31.
“We were trying to figure out some different ways to get community involved,” said Moore of the tourism organization. “I’m sure we have some great artists in Auburn, including all ages. We are looking to this as the beginning of a annual event. The top three participants pumpkins will be given a ribbon for excellence. All pumpkins submitted will be used at the “Spook House” that is being put on by the city.”
Pumpkins can be scary, as long as they stay family friendly and are original artwork, said Moore.
“This is a family event and we want to assure it stays a clean, fun time,” Moore added.
The City of Auburn is partnering with the Auburn Police Department to add to the night by having a “Scare on the Square,” spook house and trick-or-treating. On Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. at the old Auburn City Hall building on 106 Spring Street, kids will be greeted with a scary walk through with treats at the end if you dare. For smaller children, treats are available to those who don’t want to tour the spook house. This event is free of charge.
There will also be a few local businesses, along with the local fire department handing out candy on Main Street.
“If you are a kid, this would be a great opportunity for you to come and get candy in a safe environment,” said Auburn City Clerk Becka Cox, who has worked hard on the night’s festivities.
Five at a time groups will be sent through the spook house and according to Cox, they can tone it down a little for smaller kids.
“Kids can go through the spook house as many times as they want, but we are asking they only take candy once to assure we have enough for all,” Cox said. “Police chief Larry Jones came up with the idea. We wanted to involve the community and provide something safe and fun for the children in Auburn.”
For more information, contact Auburn City Hall at 270-542-4149, ext 202.
Auburn Tourism is also sponsoring the “Auburn Turkey Trot 5k” on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m. at the Auburn Park. Registration forms can be found at www.auburnky.us and at Auburn City Hall, Carpenter Center, and Quik Fit. Only pre-registered participants are guaranteed a t-shirt and medal. Pre-registration ends on Nov. 13 at noon. Late registration ends on the day of the 5k. All proceeds go to Auburn Family Resource Center.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.