Trick-or-Treat Trail set for Oct. 23

The annual Trick-or-Treat Trail is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23 from 5-7 p.m. around the Tama Civic Center. This year's trail will be a drive-thru event. -- File photo

Upcoming Halloween festivities have been announced for the Tama-Toledo community.

The annual Trick-or-Treat Trail put on by the Tama-Toledo Chamber of Commerce is returning this year but will feature a different layout than last year.

Organizer Sue Carnahan was before the Tama City Council on Oct. 4 to discuss planning for the Trick-or-Treat event and for the Haunted Hayride event that was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Carnahan said the Chamber is looking to run a drive-thru trail again this year with businesses set up outside with decorations, candy and costumes and kids and families that would drive through the trail and pick up their candy without having to leave their vehicle.

The change this year will have the trail proceed around the Tama Civic Center entirely west of Siegel Street rather than close down W 3rd Street as was done last year.

The Trick-or-Treat Trail will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 5-7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The council agreed to not hold the Haunted Hayride again this year as there have been no volunteers to organize the event that previously featured a haunted house-style experience around Cherry Lake in Tama.

“Everybody talks about not being able to hire right now because of a lack of workers,” Carnahan said. “This issue is a lack of volunteerism.”

Councils in Tama and Toledo also recently set the dates and times for Trick-or-Treat Night coming up later this month.

In both Tama and Toledo trick-or-treating around neighborhoods will take place on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.