Shippensburg community members took to Facebook to voice their complaints of the arbitrary choice to move trick-or-treat to the Thursday before Halloween rather than its traditional Halloween night Thursday, Oct. 31.
A petition was started and the issue was brought to the attention of local officials; however, it was too little too late as many events calendars had been printed and distributed with the earlier date.
Building on the momentum and leveraging the growing community support base, local community members began their own grassroots campaign to celebrate trick-or-treat on Halloween Night.
The Thought Lot has announced plans to join the movement and host a trick-or-treat arty at its facility located at 37 E. Garfield St. (corner of Earl and Orange Streets) from 6 — 9 p.m. The event will be family-friendly and feature candy for trick-or-treaters, crafts by The Wonder Collective, free children’s costume photographs by Jeremy Wolfe Photography and more.
“I became aware recently that some of our fellow community members have started a movement to change community trick-or-treat night to Oct. 31 from a date arbitrarily selected by local officials.
At The Thought Lot we are proud to support the collective voice of our community by joining in the Halloween celebration on Oct. 31. Please join us for treats, crafts and art on Halloween night at The Thought Lot,” said co-founder and president at The Thought Lot, Frank Cressler.
The evening will also be the closing reception for the October Exhibit “I Do Believe in Spooks: Exploration of the Bizarre” a collection of spooky artwork by local artists. The Thought Lot has gone through a re-branding, repaint and cleanup inside and out.
“We are a community supported organization and will be making a more dedicated effort to engage our community with a variety of events and activities,” said Tony Diehl, assistant business director.
“This is a great chance to stop by with your family for a fun event and learn about the opportunities The Thought Lot has to become more active in the arts in our community.
If you’ve ever wondered ‘What goes on in that building?’ we encourage you to stop by and see for yourself, you might be surprised by how far we’ve come with the building and what we have to offer the community.”
For more information, please visit www.TheThoughtLot.com and www.Facebook.com/TheThoughtLot
- Press release courtesy of The Thought Lot