Memorial Park is preparing for it’s spooky season and an in-park round of Trick-or-Treat. The 2021 Henry County Memorial Park Fall Festival is Saturday, Oct. 16.

The Courier-Times spoke with Memorial Park Superintendent Tracy Harrison this week for more details about the Fall Festival.

“This is our second annual Fall Festival,” Harrison said. “We here at the Park enjoy watching all the children and checking out the different costumes. Making the children happy and knowing they are having a good time, making lasting memories in this upside down world is what matters most to us.”

The Memorial Park Fall Festival will include vendor booths, decorated shelter houses and Trick-or-Treating for the kids.

“We have vendors that are returning for their second year to participate in food and booth vending. We also have returning businesses participating in the trick or treat shelter decorating,” Harrison said. “This year, we have opened an area for families, churches, groups or others who do not want to decorate a shelter but want to participate in Trick-or-Treat. Those people can put up a canopy using their trunk or a truck bed.”

Harrison said anyone who wants to give out candy for the in-park Trick-or-Treating has to register with the park office before the end of the day Friday, Oct. 15.

Memorial Park is also looking for local businesses to decorate some of the shelter houses in the park. All shelters must be ready for judging by 2:30 p.m. the day of the Fall Festival. They are also looking for businesses to participate in the Children’s Safe Trick or Treat.

“We are looking for businesses, organizations, churches, and families who want to participate in the Safe trick or treat. They must be pre-registered with us here at the Park,” Harrison said. “Every business or participant in the Trick-or-Treat passing brings their own treats; they have to be individually wrapped and store-bought so that we know they are safe. We are also a participant of the blue bucket, so children who can’t have candy can get a blue bucket treat.”

Memorial Park is also seeking food and booth vendors for the day. Booths must be ready by 11 a.m. for start time. Trick or Treat will go from 3-6:30 p.m. Memorial Park is encouraging businesses to have fun with this event.

Harrison said, “We are still taking reservations for the vendors. The booths are free, but you must give out treats.”

Memorial Park is wanting businesses to plan accordingly when it comes to the amount of candy they need. The park cannot estimate how many participants there will be. There were over 1,500 kids in the park for the first festival, not including adults. Memorial Park asks that you plan your trick or treat accordingly.

Other Events

Memorial Park will be having other activities as well, including a bounce house, crafts, and a kids fishing contest for ages 3 to 17 that will take place from 12-2 p.m.

There will also be a movie on the hill at 7 p.m. The movie has not been announced yet. The Courier-Times will announce to the public it’s announced.

For Vendor and Booth information, can contact the Memorial Park office at 765-529-1004.