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City plans activities for kids on Halloween around Bainbridge

Halloween is right around the corner, so get out those costumes because the City has tricks and treats for everyone.

Halloween can begin early for some, as Bainbridge Public Safety will be passing out candy to all costumed kids from 1- 6 p.m.

Public information officer, Julie Harris said they felt like passing out candy would be a great way to connect with the community and kids and she is looking forward to seeing all of the creative costumes.

Harris will be passing out the candy in the lobby of BPS to kids who stop by.

After finishing at BPS, kids can head out to Willis Park for the Munchkin Masquerade.

Registration for the costume contest will be from 5-6 p.m. with the judging lasting from 6-7 p.m.

The age categories are divided into four groups. There is a category for ages 2 and under, ages 3-5, ages 6-8 and ages 9-12. There will also be a family themed category. In the past, families have dressed up as Harry Potter characters or members of Winnie the Pooh.

First place winners will be selected from each category and receive Bainbridge bucks. There will also be a grand prize winner announced, who will receive a special prize package.

In addition to the costume contest, stores will be open and passing out candy for kids on the square.

“We are hoping for a good event and for everyone to come out and join us,” events coordinator, Whitney Brannen said.

Finally, kids can head out to the Recreation Authority’s annual Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m.

The Recreation Authority began this Halloween activity last year after community wide trick-or-treating was cancelled due to Hurricane Michael, and have found it is a safer alternative than going door-to-door.

While last year there wasn’t another option, BDCRA Director, Al Kelley still expects a big crowd.

Kelley said they currently have 26 trunks entered in the contest, but their goal is 30, which he suspects they will exceed.

Trunks can enter until the day of Halloween to participate online or in person.

The best-decorated trunk will win a prize, along with the best costume. Judging will begin at 6 p.m.

Other activities will include a hayride, games, inflatables and snacks such as, cotton candy and popcorn.

Those interested in helping can make a candy donation to the Recreation Authority’s office.

For families who have already planned to trick-or-treat in their neighborhood, but still want to attend a Halloween activity, downtown Bainbridge will hold their annual Sunset Cinema on Saturday, October 26 from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

They will be showing a Halloween favorite, Beetlejuice in Willis Park for free.

The City looks forward to seeing all the kids in costume on Halloween.