Halloween is a holiday that brings people—kids in particular—out in droves, gathering to have wacky parties that are frightfully fun. And whether you’re actually a child or just a kid at heart, all the tricks and treats can be used in big ways to bring the local community together to do something that truly makes a difference all year long.
As a non-profit organization focused on bettering the city of Oak Grove, Oak Grove Community Cares holds three fun-filled fundraising events every year. This year, during their very first annual Creepy Kooky Carnival held October 19, 2016, from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., the organization hosted an evening full of Halloween-themed festivities at Wades Way Park, grilling up free hotdogs and hamburgers to feed the hungry crowd of locals who played games, competed for sweet treats, and gathered out on the park’s lawn to watch the movie Hotel Transylvania on a big outdoor screen. “We had so many supportive local volunteers and business owners who contributed their time and donated decorations, food, candy, and even funds to make the Carnival possible,” says President of Oak Grove Community Cares Theresa Jarvis. “It was a great success, and I think that people enjoy events like this because it’s free fun for the whole family, and it really brings the whole community together.”