OLEAN – With traditional treats making a comeback this year in the town of Olean, authorities will once again be offering an alternative Halloween event for families.
The city, in conjunction with its Fire and Police Departments and the Greater Olean Region Chamber of Commerce, will host a Spooktacular Halloween Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat event on Sunday, October 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. . Police and firefighters, City Council members and Mayor William Aiello, among other volunteers, will distribute treats to vehicles on South Street next to Lincoln Park.
“Almost 2,000 candies were handed out by this same group last year,” Aiello said, adding that “those attending the event are kindly requested to stay in their vehicles. However, we will also have a limited supply of treats for those who come to the park on foot. “
Those not in a vehicle are asked to enter Lincoln Park on the sidewalks leading to the park pavilion.
Vehicles should approach drive-thru from heading north on South Union Street. Volunteers will order these vehicles to enter South Street at its west end and use two lanes of traffic.
Admission is free but donations before the event will be gratefully accepted.
“Thanks to the municipal services and corporate sponsors of the Chamber and some local people / organizations, all the sweets could be purchased in 2020,” said Meme K. Yanetsko, COO of the Chamber.
Anyone wishing to donate to the event is encouraged to purchase the items locally and then drop off the candy at the House office, 301 N. Union St., by Tuesday, October 26.
“As always, safety is our top priority, so we ask that you stay in your car at all times,” said Kris Shewairy, director of youth and recreation for the city. “The city will also limit parking on South Street that day to allow two lines of cars to pass to eliminate waiting times and traffic on South Union Street.”
The normal tour or processing hours for the Town of Olean will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 31.
For more information, call the city at (716) 376-5698 or the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce at (716) 372-4433.