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OROVILLE — An afternoon and evening of treats for families is slated for October 29 in downtown Oroville when local museums and the YMCA pull out all the stops for some Halloween fun.
The city of Oroville and the Docent Association are hosting a museum trick or treat from 1 to 5 p.m., offering free admission and candy for families at the C.F. Lott Historical Home, Oroville Chinese Temple, Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum and Pioneer History Museum.
“This will be our first year offering an opportunity to trick or treat at the museums. We see this a great way to introduce our wonderful museums to families. We often hear from people that they grew up in the area but haven’t been to all the museums. Events like these offer a free and fun avenue to discover the museums. We hope to plant a seed of curiosity and discovery that will bring folks back again to discover more,” said Heather McCafferty, museum curator.
Families and children are invited to come in costume for a safe trick-or-treating excursion along the city’s “museum mile,” which runs through downtown Oroville.
“The museums are all within a mile of each other and run through Oroville’s beautiful historic downtown area. We have made a map that folks can use to navigate to the museums either on foot or in their cars,” said McCafferty.
A link to the map can be found on the city of Oroville’s museum website at https://bit.ly/3CGJ1uV.
There will also be flyers with the map and QR code at all the museums.
Museum docent volunteers, some of whom will be dressed in costume, will have tables outside with candy for the kids. Space is limited in museums, so, depending on the crowd, visitors may have to wait a few minutes to go inside.
“To make it a safe and fun experience, our museum docents will be limiting the number of people allowed into the museums at one time. Some of the museums are small, so they can’t accommodate a lot of people at once. We’re hoping that families will stick around a few minutes if they have to wait and at least take a peek inside and, maybe, come back to visit again in the future,” said McCafferty.
In addition to the treats and free museum admission, kids will get a different Halloween-themed seek and find coloring page at each museum. These coloring pages depict each museum and in the drawings are hidden Halloween images like bats, pumpkins and ghosts.
The museum trick or treat event overlaps with the free “Trunk or Treat” event hosted by the Oroville YMCA from 4 to 8 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the Oroville Convention Center, 1200 Myers St.
“Our theme for this year is ‘Come, play games, trick or treat and a have a ton of fun’,” said Sarah Pierce, branch manager.
Multiple businesses and other volunteers will be in the parking lot with open trunks of filled with treats. There will also be games and other activities for children.
“This is the first year we’ve done this. It’s something we hope to do every year from now on,” said Pierce.
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