CORDOVA — The city of Cordova will mark Halloween with a Trunk or Treat and a water balloon battle.Members of Cordova Fire and Rescue have organized the Trunk or Treat each year since 2015.This …
CORDOVA — The city of Cordova will mark Halloween with a Trunk or Treat and a water balloon battle.
Members of Cordova Fire and Rescue have organized the Trunk or Treat each year since 2015.
This year's event will be held downtown on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.
Local churches, businesses and individuals will be handing out candy at dozens of decorated trunks. There will also be bouncy houses and other children's activities. The fire department will be offering hot dogs, chips and a drink for a donation of any amount.
The Trunk or Treat was one of the first community events to bring people into the downtown area after the new City Hall opened in 2015.
The event was moved to the Old Park last year because the area had more lighting and volunteers could set up at the concession stand.
However, Fire Chief Dean Harbison told council members last November that attendance appeared to be down, either because of the change of location or because of the bitter cold that evening.
To sign up to host a trunk, call Kandie Harbison at 522-3201 or Amanda Dawkins at 471-3178.
The water balloon battle, a long-standing Cordova tradition that died out after the 2011 tornadoes, was revived last year while Cordova native Jamie Jean was filming the documentary "Wind and Water Balloons."
Council member Larry Sides said at Tuesday night's meeting that he had been asked if the city could approve a date so that the battle could be held again.
"They do not want to interfere with Trunk or Treat, and there are a couple of areas they want to block off to make it safe for participants," said Sides, who added that organizers have already purchased 12,000 balloons for the event.
Gilbert said the city does not have a permit process but said organizers could proceed on Halloween night with the city's blessing.
The city is expected to assist with blocking off streets and the Cordova Police Department will have a presence downtown during the battle.