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The traditional candy crawl will be held at local businesses on Halloween to treat both youngsters and adults

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - A tradition in Prineville every Halloween, the Chamber of Commerce-hosted Candy Crawl will again invite families to trick or treat at local businesses.

For trick-or-treaters and little goblins on Halloween, local downtown businesses will be holding their traditional trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31.

With a little ingenuity and careful planning, the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Prineville business owners to bring the traditional Candy Crawl to eager youngsters. Although the event involves local businesses, it is not only reserved for chamber members.

"It's also an opportunity for our business community to get locals into their shops and stores, and Candy Crawl creates a safe way to trick or treat for kids," commented Kim Daniels, director for Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce.

"It's one of those opportunities to hold an event and try to do it as safe as possible," she went on to say.

She noted that businesses are already following CDC COVID guidelines, so with some additional adaptations, little goblins can still enjoy the traditional trick-or-treating from businesses.

"Don't let the kids dig into a bowl, so have whomever is distributing the candy hand it out. The other option is to have it laid out on a table so a child can just pick one that is sitting there," said Daniels of some of the changes. "That might take a little more work, but that is an option. And of course, wear gloves, do the handwashing, wear a mask and try and keep people distanced if possible."

She added that store owners will also be setting up outside. There will be fewer businesses signed up due to the fact that Halloween falls on a Saturday.

"I am trying to remind people to just stay with your group. There is a reminder out there, Halloween masks are not considered COVID safe. The Health Department is the first one to tell people that."

She emphasized that these tips are CDC guidelines. They are keeping the event over a wide area of time to minimize crowding downtown, which will include 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the traditional trick-or-treating for children, there will be passports for adults from each business they visit, which will be stamped by the business and then turned in at the chamber of commerce to enter drawings for prizes. Some of the prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants, home décor and gift baskets.

"They can turn those in at the chamber for raffle prizes," said Daniels. "We have all kinds of raffle prizes; anywhere from a small gift card to a large gift basket – so that's always part of it. The parents get rewarded for taking their kids around."

Crossroads will also be holding an event at their parking lot and also inside the restaurant. It will involve a Wizard of Oz theme.

"I call it the Candy Jackpot," explained Crossroads employee Kayla Taylor.

Upcoming event

An upcoming event that Daniels is excited about will be Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 28.

"It's traditionally an event that was started and promoted by American Express, to just have people shop small and don't go to the big box stores and support your local businesses," said Daniels of the event.

She noted that they held it for the first time last year and handed out 75 swag bags – which included gift cards and freebies from businesses. With a grant from Facebook, they will be able to not only have the event this year but have some really nice swag bags to hand out to participants.

There will still be a giveaway at the end of the evening to be held at the chamber of commerce.


Candy Crawl

Saturday, Oct. 31

1 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call Kim Daniels at 541-447-6304

Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce

185 NE 10th St., Prineville

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 28

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