If October 31 and Halloween are approaching, it must be time for the Annual Halloween Haunt in Winthrop Center.
Tom Hankard, branch manager at Winthrop Federal, a division of Webster First Credit Union, invites local youths and their parents to enjoy all the festivities at the Annual Halloween Haunt on Wednesday, Oct. 31 beginning at 4 p.m.
Children wearing their Halloween costumes will begin their journey at Winthrop Federal where they will receive a Winthrop Federal Halloween bag and a map of businesses participating in the event. Close to 50 businesses will welcome children to their establishments where they will receive candy and other treats.
â€œThis is my first Halloween in Winthrop but I was told there were 1,000 children here for last yearâ€™s Haunt,â€ said Hankard. â€œWeâ€™ll be passing out bags and maps. This is the 13th consecutive year of the event so I hope 13 is lucky. This is a great tradition in Winthrop and it keeps getting bigger every year.â€
Hankard said the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce has been supportive of the Halloween Haunt.
Eric Gaynor, executive director of the Chamber, said his office will have a special attraction at their headquarters.
â€œWeâ€™re going to be giving out candy but weâ€™re also going to have creepy creatures,â€ said Gaynor. â€œOne of our members is going to have a snake and a tarantula for the kids to check out. Heâ€™ll be in our office with some critters.â€
Gaynor said the Halloween Haunt is always a fun event in the town.
â€œThereâ€™s a disk jockey playing scary music and there are other cool things going,â€ said Gaynor. â€œSeeing the kids in costumes, a lot of the adults will dress up, too, which is neat. Itâ€™s just a fun, safe community event where you get to see your friends and neighbors.â€