Halloween candy cruise on Saturday

More than $50,000 worth of sweets and treats are ready to be handed out when a family-friendly candy cruise is held on Halloween night this Saturday.

From 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., they will be available at 10 drive-thru locations across the city: Canadian Tire, PG Rock and Gravel Ltd., Second Cup Coffee Co. at Parkwood Mall, Hart Shopping Centre Mall, CN Centre, Halloween Alley at Brookwood Plaza (next to Costco), College of New Caledonia, Northern Lights Estate Winery, Blackburn Community Centre and Interior Warehousing Ltd.

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Organizers are expecting a busy night.

"We have well over 2,600 people confirmed online to attend the event, with thousands more interactions on our website (www.CandyCruise.ca) where people are pulling all of the information on where, when, how, and all the details" said Dave Horton, the event's "chief candy officer."

Each hub location will feature at least four to six drive thru booths where participating businesses, charities and community groups will be handing out treats to families as they pass through in their vehicles.

Donations, in return, are being accepted to help cover the cost of such items as insurance, signage, personal protection equipment and other safety materials. Proceeds remaining after those costs are covered will be split equally among Big Brothers Big Sisters Northern British Columbia, Ness Lake Bible Camp, and the Prince George Child Development Centre.

The idea is to enjoy Halloween while preventing the spread of COVID 19.

"Families have been through a lot this year, and we know that this will look a bit different than years past, however, with Candy Cruise we are making sure that Halloween is bigger, better, and more over the top than what we have ever seen before," Horton said.

For further information, to donate, or to become a vendor, go to www.CandyCruise.ca.

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