This October, Theatre Garage committed itself to helping the community celebrate halloween safely. As Theatre Garage gets ready for their Reverse Trick-or-Treating event, we spoke to them about how they’ve been getting along.
What is Reverse Trick-or-Treating?
It is a free family event where volunteers dressed in Halloween costumes will hand out (socially distanced) candy to kids! All in support of The Edmonton Food Bank!
How did you come up with the idea to do this?
We brainstormed ways we could help lift the Halloween spirit during COVID. Since we have no shortage of costumes, we thought it would be fun to visit neighbourhoods! We decided to hand out candy because we were worried kids might miss out on trick-or-treating this year.
Which neighbourhood will you be going to on October 24?
We will be in the Avonmore community on October 24th.
How has it been going so far?
Amazing! We had a huge turn-out in the Griesbach community. Hundreds of kids out in their Halloween costumes. We handed out over 400 candy bags. The neighbourhood raised 1,120 lbs of food for the Food Bank! And most importantly, streets were filled with smiles, cheering and laughter. It was an incredible afternoon.
Will you be doing something like this again?
Yes, Theatre Garage is always finding ways to give back and help the community. As long as there is need, we are here. We are already cooking up ideas for Christmas.