ST. PAUL - More than 550 people stopped by the Safe and Sweet Halloween drive-thru put on by the Town of St. Paul FCSS department and Family Resource Network on Oct. 31.
For the past two years, the event has been done as a socially distanced drive-thru in front of the St. Paul Rec. Centre, keeping everyone safe while still allowing businesses and community groups to contribute candy and other treats to the initiative. The snacks are turned into treat bags and handed out by FCSS and Family Resource Network employees.
This year, the demand was so high that 550 treat bags were not enough for all the trick or treaters who stopped by.
Handing out crazy pencils to the last stream of vehicles, employees were still happy and enthusiastic to see all the trick or treaters and their parents, and wish them a happy Halloween.
FCSS director Lynn Smid says she had been worried there would be extra treats, since less than 300 people stopped by last year's Safe and Sweet Halloween, making this year's increased demand a bit of a surprise.