Happy trails

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Halloween night isn’t so scary when you’re hanging out with 1,000 of your closest friends, family and neighbors, who all turned out to ring in the magic of the fall season at the Fall Festival at the Burns Road Recreation Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

While other kids were out running from house to house in their costumes and ringing doorbells, Fall Festival participants were invited to trick-or-treat along a special trail.

“The children lined up to get on trick-or-treat trail to see the many characters lining the paths,” said Christy Wolnewitz, operations manager for the City of Palm Beach Gardens. “There was Elsa from Frozen, Jessie from Toy Story, Spider-Man, Superman, Mary Poppins, Hook and many more.”

Kids who have food allergies were especially delighted to find something special just for them.

“This year the City was proud to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, supporting children with food allergies,” Wolnewitz said. “The teal pumpkins were located on the trick-or-treat trail filled with non-food treats.”

The Teal Pumpkin Project is the brainchild of FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, and encourages our communities to start a new tradition by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.

According to their website, the Project aims to “promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.”

When the children came to the end of the trial there was another familiar face there to greet them.

“The last character on the trail was Elf on a Shelf with his Christmas magic, reminding families of the City’s Tree Lighting Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 3.”

The family-friendly event included live music by Burnt Biscuit that had the crowd dancing in front of the stage. Event sponsor Jupiter Medical Center had representatives handing out trick-or-treat bags for all the children.

For more information about Food Allergy Research & Education, visit www.foodallergy.org. For more information about upcoming Palm Beach Gardens events, including the annual tree lighting, visit www.pbgfl.com. Upcoming events include the 31st Annual Holiday Bazaar and Pancakes on the Plaza.

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