‘Boo at the Beach’ seeks volunteers, candy
Fall is in the air, which means the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for its most popular Halloween tradition – Beach Lake Park’s third annual Boo at the Beach.
The community event features a haunted trail, games and plenty of candy. Parks manager Karen Richards said she expects this year’s festivities to attract some 700 kids. All those trick-or-treaters require about 21,000 pieces of candy, Richards said, and the parks department is currently seeking donations.
“Last year we ran out, and I had some reserves in my truck for the ‘Oh, God’ moment,” Richards said. “We used every bit of it.”
The parks department is also looking for volunteers to help hand out candy, scare passersby on the haunted trail, direct traffic and crowds and help set up and take down the event, Richards said.
This year’s Boo at the Beach is scheduled to take place Oct. 14 from 5-10 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet, with the trick-or-treat trail opening at 5:30 p.m. and the haunted trail beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 to the trick-or-treat trail and $10 to the haunted trail: Advance tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card at the Eagle-River Chugiak Parks and Recreation office through Oct. 13, while day-of tickets are cash only. When all is said and done, park officials expect hundreds of Chugiak-Eagle River families to attend the Saturday evening event.
“It’s a huge endeavor, and it’s very well received by the community so I want to keep it going,” Richards said.