Treat A Local Child to Halloween Fun by Supporting the HDGHA Costume Donation Drive

One of the guests to the 2019 HDGHA Trunk or Treat shows off her costume. The organization is accepting donations of new and gently used dress-ups and accessories of all sizes for the 2021 event on October 30.  For more details visit

The Havre de Grace Housing Authority (HDGHA) is hosting its fourth annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Party and is seeking donations of new and gently used costumes as well as “trunker” registrants for the free event on October 30.

After a yearlong hiatus due to the pandemic, the Havre de Grace Housing Authority is bringing back its popular Trunk or Treat Community Halloween Party on October 30. The event is free and open to the public and provides costumes to youngsters while supplies last, as well as the chance to trick or treat outdoors in a safe environment collecting goodies from decorated vehicles parked on the HDGHA property. The event takes place from 5-7pm beginning at the HDGHA community center, 101 Stansbury Court in Havre de Grace.

In support of the Trunk or Treat, HDGHA is accepting donations of new and gently used costumes and accessories of all sizes now through October 29 and will share them with guests to the Trunk or Treat party the next day.  Once kids have selected their outfits from available items, they can parade around the Somerset Manor neighborhood to receive candy and other handouts from registered “trunkers.” All vehicles must pre-register for the event and can sign up at as individuals or as part of an organization; participants are encouraged to decorate their cars.  Other activities to be offered during the Trunk or Treat include hayrides courtesy of A Better Lawn Service, DJ music, and in partnership with West Cecil Health, COVID-19 vaccinations will also be available.

One of the “trunker” participants at the 2019 HDHGA Trunk or Treat was decorated like a bubble gum machine. The 2021 event will take place October 30 and registration is still open for vehicles at

According to event organizers, multiple businesses, churches, and organizations have already signed up to participate, with many returning from previous years, such as the Havre de Grace Police Department, Messiah Community Baptist Church, Harford County Early Head Start, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority – Omicron Chi Zeta Chapter, and Steps Recovery. Carla Pyfer, Director of Self Sufficiency at HDGHA says, “This event is a favorite for HDGHA staff, residents and sponsors, with attendance growing each year and car decorations getting more creative, so we are all looking forward to seeing what new designs will be on display.”

Nicki Biggs, the Acting Executive Director of the Housing Authority adds, “Trunk or Treat has always been a great way to bring the community together and introduce guests to what HDGHA and our partners do.  It is incredibly rewarding to see the children’s excitement and truly exemplifies our commitment to helping families in big and small ways. We are proud and excited to once again host this free, safe, and fun holiday event, and can’t wait to welcome everyone back!”

To see pictures of past events and get additional information about HDGHA and the Trunk or Treat, including COVID-19 protocol, visit .

About the Havre de Grace Housing Authority: HDGHA established the Somerset Manor community in the 1970’s and 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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