By Sharon Still
Trick or Treat Street has been a Riverview tradition for 26 years. Children of all ages, pets and adults don their best costumes and enjoy the festivities and safe trick or treating at Riverview High School on Saturday, October 25 from 4-8 p.m.
The event, presented by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation & Conservation and Riverview High School is made possible thanks to the support of over 100 local businesses, churches and organizations.
“Trick or Treat Street is a family-focused event where neighbors can meet fellow neighbors and have fun in a safe environment,” said the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tanya Doran. “If you live, work or play in the greater Riverview area, you are encouraged to participate. It is inspiring to work with so many folks that are dedicated to help make this event possible.”
More than 3,000 people attended last year’s event to enjoy an evening including many decorated booths and dressed up sponsors distributing candy and small toys and offering free activities for the whole family to enjoy. There will be bounce houses and Riverview High School clubs will also offer games and activities for a small fee.
The Scare Zone, organized by Alley Cat Pest Control owners Cliff Kennedy, 2014 Honorary Mayor of Riverview, and his wife, Lisa, is an area geared toward children ages 10 and older and adults. Lisa explained that a group of businesses get together in a designated area to create a haunted house type of atmosphere that can be a bit scary and spooky.
Contests are held for best booth design and there are also costume contests for children and pets too. The St. Joseph’s Hospital-South’s Kids Costume Contest will provide great cash prizes for a $5 registration at the event. Contest times will be: 0-3 years at 5 p.m.; 4-7 years at 5:30 p.m.; 8-11 years at 6:30 p.m., and 12-15 years at 7 p.m.
Dog owners are encouraged to bring their canine friends in costume for the Four Paws Veterinary Hospital Dog Costume Contest. Registration will be a $10 donation to benefit Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, Inc. (C.A.R.E.). The contest will kick off at 6 p.m. for all size dogs.
Event admission is free. Parking is a $5 donation per carload. Wristbands will be sold for a nominal fee to include dodgeball play and unlimited play on exciting inflatable units.
For more information, visit www.RiverviewChamber.com or call 234-5944.