CALEDONIA – With some parents still unsure of what to do for Halloween, JoanMarie Cartier is offering something different for kids in the Caledonia and Mumford area to do on Oct. 31.

“I realized the possibility of children not trick or treating this year is higher because of COVID-19. I have a son and I decided to start a Halloween decorating contest,” said Cartier.

The event will start at around 6 p.m. and Cartier said it will be the kids not the adults who will be judging the contest.

“It is for the residents and they are the ones who are going to decorating their houses,” said Cartier

Three different categories are planned. Cartier said the children will decorate the homes to be judged as spookiest, most creative and best theme.

“I have been telling people to go all out because this is for the kids. If you want to go all out, they are the ones who are going to be voting,” said Cartier.

From the front doors to the lawn Cartier says the children will be judging all aspects of the house decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the top winner and Cartier said that is thanks to some help from local businesses.

“I have gone to the local businesses and they have sponsored gift certificates to go into baskets for the winners,” said Cartier.

In addition to homeowners winning prizes organizers of the event said the children are winners because it will a night for them to dress up and to also have fun.

“Some parents might not be OK with letting their kids handle candy that a bunch of other people have handled. With this event the kids get to dress up and instead of getting candy they get to judge the houses and they get to show off their costumes too,” said Cartier.

So far Cartier says 11 homeowners have entered the contest and as it gets closer to Halloween she plans to publish a list of all of the homes taking part of the event.

This is the first time Cartier has organized an event like this but she says it won’t be the last.

“I plan on doing this every year because everyone is so into it. This will be the first annual event,” said Cartier.

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