Halloween Costume Donations Sought for Children in Need


The Havre de Grace Housing Authority is collecting new and gently used costumes and accessories of all sizes to provide dress-up fun for youngsters at the organization’s “Trunk or Treat” community Halloween party on October 27.

Old Halloween costumes still have some tricks up their sleeves, and they can treat children whose parents cannot afford holiday attire to dress-up fun when donated to the Havre de Grace Housing Authority (HDGHA) costume collection. The non-profit is accepting new and gently used Halloween outfits and accessories to be shared with guests at its annual Trunk or Treat party. The items will be available for kids to choose from prior to the start of the festivities, and once they are dressed up, youngsters can parade around the neighborhood to receive candy and other handouts at parked and decorated cars registered by local businesses, church groups, service organizations and individuals. The free event is open to the public and takes place on the grounds of the Somerset Manor housing complex on Saturday, October 27 from 5:00-7:00pm with check in activities at the HDGHA management office, 101 Stansbury Court in Havre de Grace.

Little ones join in the fun at the HDGHA Trunk or Treat party. Kids can choose a costume from donated supplies then trick or treat at parked cars in the community.

2018 is the second year that HDGHA has hosted the event. Community members welcome the chance to showcase their neighborhood to visitors, which was once again named one of the safest cities in the state by a national trade group. In addition to the area residents who decorate their vehicles and hand out treats, there will be local businesses and organizations participating including the Havre de Grace Police Department, Sherwin-Williams Aberdeen, Home Partnership, Inc., Maryland Transportation Authority and Steps Recovery.

The Havre de Grace Police will once again be participating in the HDGHA Trunk or Treat. The event is free and open to the public, and offers kids use of a Halloween costume to wear before parading around the community to receive treats.

Nicki Biggs is the Acting Executive Director of the Havre de Grace Housing Authority. She says, “Our community assists families in need with many different services whether they live here or not; but it’s especially rewarding to provide youngsters with a free, safe and fun holiday activity. This event is also an easy way for others to give back and up-cycle still usable Halloween items, so it’s really a win-win-win for everyone.”

Participants in the HDGHA Trunk or Treat party go all out to decorate their vehicles. The event also offers free costumes to kids before they parade through the neighborhood to receive candy and other treats from the owners of pre-registered cars.

The deadline for receipt of costume donations is October 25. For additional information about the Trunk or Treat email Shannon at [email protected]. To learn more about the Havre de Grace Housing Authority visit www.hdgha.org.

About the Havre de Grace Housing Authority:
HDGHA established the Somerset Manor community in the 1970’s and it is the only public housing facility in Harford County. It is governed by a Board of Commissioners and managed by a small staff. The mission of the organization is to provide quality, affordable housing opportunities for moderate to low income individuals and families while promoting self-sufficiency, empowerment and neighborhood revitalization. HDGHA offers a range of programs to achieve this goal, including the Self- Sufficiency Program (FSS), Homeownership Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and more.

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