ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Rockford’s Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N 2nd St, will be home to ghosts and goblins over the next week, all in the name of a good cause.
The annual “Festival of Frights” kicked off Friday night, and organizers hope visitors help scare the money so all the kids can have a safe and fun Halloween.
Organizers said choosing the perfect costume is part of what makes the holidays so special for kids.
âIt’s a family event, a drive-thru. Nothing scary about the ‘Festival of Frights’, “said Jennifer Roser, founder of the” Festival of Frights “.
Spiders, skeletons and pumpkins are just a few of what one can expect to see at the “Festival of Frights”. Families are encouraged to drive through Sinissippi Park to attend all exhibits.
There is no charge to attend. but donations are encouraged.
âIt’s all voluntary, it’s all about corporate donations and sponsorships,â said Roser. âSo the more we have, the more we can do. “
There will also be various community events at the park in the days leading up to Halloween. On October 29, a local historian will share ghost stories for family fun, and on October 30, there will be a Haunted Hills run at the park, with prizes available for everyone who puts their shoes on.
All the money raised during the event will go towards Halloween costumes for children in need.
“When I get these costume requests, it makes me really happy because there are kids who never dress up, and it’s their chance for them to be who they choose to be, that’s the costume of their choice, “said Roser.” Right now we’re pretty low. It’s the critical time with shipping delays and low stocks, but if you need it, please feel free to Contact us.
Halloween health experts get some tips to keep kids safe this Halloween. First and foremost, make sure the costumes fit properly and won’t cause tripping, and masks shouldn’t restrict children’s vision. It is also important to remind children to cross the street at corners or crosswalks, and that dark colors are best avoided for Trick or Treating.
âHave brighter colored costumes, reflective straps, shiny candy bags, glow sticks, necklaces. All of these things make the kids a little easier to see, âsaid Rishelle Eithun, injury prevention program manager at UW Health Kids.
The âFestival of Frightsâ screens will be available for viewing from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm every night until Halloween.