EDITORIAL: No Scare Fair removes fright, keeps fun

Oct. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Today, the Saturday prior to Halloween, promises to be an exciting time at The Stevens Center — it’s the day of the annual No Scare Fair, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event is billed as “Trick-Or-Treat Thrills, Fantasy & Fun.”

No Scare Fair is described by its creators as an “enchanting Halloween neighborhood ... trick-or-treating along Jack O’Lantern Lane ... performers, children’s art activities, storytelling, games ... and more.”

It’s designed to be a fun and safe event for children ages 2-10 and their families — with proceeds benefiting wonderful local nonprofit organizations.

It’s sad to believe, but it’s a fact that trick-or-treating festivities on Halloween have drawbacks, including the dangers of moving about at night. But thanks to the sponsorship and leadership from Willing Hands Inc., plus the generous contributions of Sanford area businesses, the No Scare Fair is an opportunity for a safe, indoor costumed Halloween alternative for younger children who must have adult supervision.

The benefits for the young children are obvious. To know that the proceeds will benefit at-risk families in Lee County only (through the auspices of HAVEN of Lee County and Family Promise) adds to the benefit this event has for our community.

The Herald is proud to be associated with this event — and is thankful to the many organizers and volunteers who have helped to make this concept become a reality that well serves our community.