The Troy Historic Village will offer a trick-or-treating event for the community Oct. 29 and 30.

The Troy Historic Village will offer a trick-or-treating event for the community Oct. 29 and 30.

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Troy Historic Village to host trick-or-treating event

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published October 14, 2021


TROY — The Troy Historic Village is inviting the public to join them for its under-the-sea themed trick-or-treating event.

After being canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, the village’s Halloween celebration is back, and its organizers are eager to welcome the community back to the Troy Historic Village.

“We’ve done trick-or-treat events for at least 10 years,” said Jen Peters, the executive director of the Troy Historic Village. “It’s one of our biggest events of the year. What I like about it is that it brings a lot of people into the village who only think the village is only for school groups. They get to see it’s a good place for more than just field trips. I heard five different languages spoken at our event last year, and I know trick-or-treating is really more of an American tradition, so it clearly brings a wide range of people here.”

Tickets are available at the door, but there are discounts for those who register ahead of time.

The event will be held 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Troy Historic Village, said event organizer Alex Konieczny. “There is a better rate if you register ahead of time. It’s $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers ahead of time, and $7 for members at the door and $9 for nonmembers. It’s free for children under age 2. They can get the tickets on our website under the events section,”

The trick-or-treat event is being organized in a way that it will be safe to attend in regard to COVID-19 concerns.

“It’s a safe, family-friendly event,” said Peters. “We worked really hard during COVID to give people the flexibility to be as involved or uninvolved in the event in addition to trick-or-treating. It is outdoors, and we have evening hours, so you can do the nighttime or daytime trick-or-treating without having to worry about traffic.”

They are implementing these safety measures to try to reduce the number of people attending at the same time or being crowded into the same part of the village.

“We are doing some timed, staggered events to help spread people out,” Peters continued. “So this is kind of a hybrid registration. People can register ahead of time to sign up to attend at a certain time, but we still have tickets available at the door. This is flexible, since kids can cause slowdowns, and we understand that, but, hopefully, this will keep us from having 500 people crowded in together trying to get in at the same time.”

This year’s theme is “under the sea,” so the village will be decorated with some maritime flair, and there will be several games and activities that also tie in to that idea.

“This year’s theme is under the sea, so this is an event that helps people see that this is a family-friendly event,” Peters said. “We’ll do decorations that are themed decorations. We’ll have themed activities and crafts. The staff dresses according to the theme. It’s very fun.”

“The interior of the village will be decorated with our under-the-sea themes,” added Konieczny. “There is a giant shark mouth on the entryway. We always try to decorate the entrance in a special way for this event. We will have games and activities like magnetic fishing, jellyfish races by spraying water, crafts they can do like making a pirate hat, pufferfish bowling. One of the buildings will be decked out like the ocean floor. They collect candy as they are going, and the historic buildings will all be open. They can still trick-or-treat if you don’t want to play the games. It will be ... village volunteers working on the games and giving out candy.”

Both Peters and Konieczny believe this will mark a great opportunity for members of the Troy community to get back out in public in a fun and safe environment.

“It’s a good opportunity to engage with the public, meet with people in the community and invite people into the village to see the things we can do here,” Konieczny said. “It will be a fun, family-friendly trick-or-treat experience complete with games, crafts and decorations around the village, all in a safe environment.”