In lieu of the traditional Washingtonian Woods Fall Festival activities (Candy Hill, Costume Parade, Activities on the Green by WW Park), the WW Social Committee is planning a Jack-o'-Lantern Lawn and Spooky Trail where residents can enjoy some Halloween-themed fun in a safe and socially-distanced manner. To ensure our festivities are a success, we need the help of many adults, teens, and children to plan, set up, and staff areas of the Spooky Trail and pitch in at Jack-o'-Lantern Lawn. Please consider volunteering for one or more volunteer slots. Please note that by volunteering, you agree to the assumption of risk and liability waiver for the event posted here. All volunteers (including actors) will be required to wear masks.
Here is a brief description of each of the two activities and the volunteer roles to help you decide where to lend your time and talents.
We have conceived five themed areas: cemetery; spiders; ghosts; zombies; and witches, vampires, and monsters. A preliminary sketch of the trail route and where the different areas will be on the trail is available here, but this may change a bit as planning evolves.
For each area, we need one or two volunteers to take the lead on design and figuring out how the area should be set up. Each area is fairly small, and we do not envision any large builds for the trail, so the planning should not take too much of your time. There is a modest budget available for reimbursement of supplies purchased by station design leads; any items for which leads are reimbursed will be property of Washingtonian Woods and need to go into the Social Committe inventory following the event. Once we have our area lead volunteers, we can figure out a time to walk the trail route together so we can finalize the boundaries of each themed areas.
We also need volunteers who are willing to supply props for each area and help with setup, as well as monitors for each station (just to ensure that proper trail etiquette and social distancing are followed) and actors for a few of the stations; actors must supply their own costumes and makeup.
We will also need a couple of volunteers at the start of the trail to ensure that folks have registered ahead of time and that families enter the trail in a socially-distanced manner, volunteers at the end of the trail to hand out treat bags to our young trail "survivors," and a few volunteers for trail cleanup in the morning on Nov 1.
In addition to our highly competetive neighborhood decorating competition, this year we will have a Jack-o'-Lantern contest and set up a display area on the large grassy area on near the playground on Upshire Circle. To be considered for a prize, people will drop off their carved Jack-o'-Lanterns by the playground on Upshire Circle between 12 and 2pm, and then those who have registered to walk through the Spooky Trail and any other interested residents will be able to enjoy the display and vote for their favorites in three categories: Overall Favorite, Scariest, and Funniest or Silliest. Prizes will be awarded to the submission with the most votes in each category.
Volunteers are needed to accept Jack-o'-Lanterns and set them up on the grassy area, to pass out and collect forms for voting, and to help families retrieve their Jack-o'-Lanterns after voting has ended.
Thank you in advance for volunteering to help us pull off this year's Halloween festivities!
If you have questions about volunteer slots for the trail, contact Antonio Salinas - text 313.549.7217 or email [email protected] For questions about Jack-o'-Lantern Lawn, email Tina Winters - [email protected]