Candy Cruise Prince George is a family-friendly event specifically designed to provide Prince George residents with the biggest, best, and most over-the-top pandemic-cool Halloween event. The community of Prince George is rallying behind this event from all aspects.
Dozens of local businesses, non-profits, charities, and community groups are stepping up to hand out over $50,000 worth of candy and treats at the 10 drive-through hub locations of the event. Other local businesses have stepped up to sponsor and support the event – from media partners, graphic and website designers, signage companies, event consultants, security firms, and more. Additionally, the general public have taken Candy Cruise on as their definite plans for Halloween 2020.
“We have well over 2,600 people confirmed online to attend the event, with thousands more interactions on our website where people are pulling all of the information on where, when, how, and all the details,” said Dave Horton, event mastermind and Chief Candy Officer for Prince George. “We are anticipating a turn-out of well over 2,500 kids to come through the event at each of our 10 hub locations, which is great news for our partner organizations who have all been putting in so much work to bring this event to life. It truly has been incredible to see the community rally behind something like this in such a bizarre year, and I know that with all the support we are seeing go into planning the event, the results on the night of are going to be next level insane… So, get ready Prince George.”
The event will feature a drive-through style format. This means that families can get dressed up, get into their vehicles, and drive through each of the 10 hub locations spread out around Prince George. Each hub location will feature a minimum four to six partner organizations, each organization will have its own drive-through ‘booth’ and will be handing out treats directly to your vehicle’s patrons through the windows in a safe and health authority approved manner. Every partner organization will have a ‘booth’ that is decorated and designed to give a special and unique Halloween experience.
“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,” said Horton. “Come out and we guarantee it will be an evening you and your family will be talking about for years to come. We have about 40 partner organizations handing out tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of candy. We’ve got co-splayers, entertainment, displays and more. Prince George has really stepped up to make this event happen, and for that I am grateful. Now all that is left is for Prince George to show up this Saturday between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.”
Instead of purchasing candy to hand out at your household, event organizers are asking the public to make a monetary donation towards the event. Donations will go towards helping provide the events partner organizations purchase the treats needed to hand on Halloween night, as well as help cover other limited operating costs to run Candy Cruise Prince George.
“Donations are going to really help us make this thing happen,” said Horton. “We have hard costs like insurance, signage, PPE, and other safety materials, but then we are also trying to make the event as accessible as possible for local organizations. For example, if a local business wants to come onboard last minute here, but has been hit hard due to Covid and can’t afford to purchase the candy necessary to be a vendor, we want to be able to utilize donations to help the organization be a part of this great event.”
Any donations remaining after the event expenses are covered will be evenly distributed among the events three partner charities – Big Brothers Big Sisters Northern British Columbia, Ness Lake Bible Camp, and the Prince George Child Development Centre. Event organizers are stressing the purpose behind the event is to create a safe and outrageously fun and over the top option during the ongoing global pandemic.
“If you’re in the mindset that Candy Cruise will be lame, then it will be for you and your kids – just like anything else. However, if you want to step out of the box and open your mind up to the possibility of what the event can be and will be, we promise you and your kids will have a great Halloween,” said Horton. “Our partner prganizations are truly working their butts off to put on great displays, great costumes, unique effects, and hand out plenty of treats. So, in a year that has been anything but normal, why not come out and try something new.” says Horton.
Hub Locations Include:
- Canadian Tire
- Halloween Alley @ Brookwood Plaza
- PG Rock and Gravel Ltd.
- College of New Caledonia (CNC)
- Second Cup Coffee Co. @ Parkwood Mall
- Northern Lights Estate Winery
- Hart Shopping Centre Mall
- Blackburn Community Centre
- Prince George Cougars @ CN Centre
- Interior Warehousing Ltd.