Bud Gardens hosting trick-or-treating alternative

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Parents concerned about allowing their little ghosts and goblins out to trick-or-treat during the pandemic are being given another option for scoring chocolate bars and gummy candies.

Budweiser Gardens will hold a drive-thru Halloween event in its south parking lot this Saturday. The first-ever “Candy Cruise” will run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

“We didn’t know originally when we started planning what was going to be going on with Halloween and the COVID-19 restrictions, so we thought this would be a nice, safe alternative for people to trick-or-treat without having to get out of their cars and interact with people,” said Budweiser Garden’s Danielle Phillips.

Eight booths will be set up in the parking lot off of King Street with parents able to drive their children up to each to receive candy, while supplies last.

“What we have done to make patrons feel a bit more comfortable is pre-package all the candy into compostable bags. So when they come through we will have someone wearing a mask handing out the candy with tongs,” said Phillips.

Budweiser Gardens consulted with both the Middlesex London Health Unit and the City of London to ensure the event meets all public health safety measures.

The Fanshawe College Student Union and London ComiCon are just a few of the other organizations that have signed on to host booths during the candy cruise.

Kids waiting to collect their candy will also be able to watch popular superheroes and villains who will be on-site for the two-hour event.

“We’re encouraging all participants to dress up and if they hashtag BGCandyCruise then they can be entered to win a prize pack provided by London ComiCon. There are a bunch of fun games and goodies within that prize pack,” added Phillips.

Families are required to stay in their vehicles during the candy cruise.

More than 500 people have already expressed an interest in attending through the Candy Cruise Facebook page.