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TCH fest to feature candy, costume contest and more

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Oct 27, 2020

This year, The Community House on Sanibel will hold its annual Fall Festival, but with a twist.

On Oct. 30, trick-o-treaters and their pets are invited to drive around the venue from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be three different candy collection stations. A bag of candy will be distributed to attendees at each by contact-less delivery by a person wearing a mask and gloves.

“We have done it every year. It’s a fun multi-generational activity that we love to do,” Director of Marketing and Event Planning Sarah Jacobson said. “Normally, it’s for all ages. We try to do it early in the evening, so the kids can go trick-or-treating after. But, obviously, this year is a little different.”

Families are encouraged to register in advance for one of the time slots.

“It’s going to be a drive-by, so people aren’t coming in and touching everything,” she said, explaining that they will receive their candy bags from a skeleton hand, one will roll down a plank and more.

“We have created some different fun ways to hand out the candy,” Jacobson added.

Staff will be wearing PPE, and the time slots serve as a safety measure.

“It’s so we can disinfect, clean and regroup, so everyone does feel as safe as possible,” she said.

Trick-o-treaters are encouraged to dress up.

“Costumes are definitely preferred because we will be taking pictures of the kids,” Jacobson said. “So they will get to show off their costume.”

As part of the festival, TCH is hosting a costume contest for the categories of family, ages 16 and under, group themes, pet, and individual. Photos will be taken during the event for entry, but people can also take a picture of themselves in costume and email it to office@sanibelcommunityhouse.com.

“We will post all the pictures online and people will be able to vote,” she said.

People can vote for their favorite in each category through Nov. 2.

“We’re keeping it open until Nov. 2 just in case their costume is designed just to be worn once,” Jacobson said, adding the winners of the costume contest will each receive a surprise prize.

TCH has also organized a Halloween Scavenger Hunt as part of the festivities.

“It’s a way to teach the kids about the island and get them outside,” she said, explaining that the participating youths are asked to take photos of the objects with their phone or other device.

“At one of the candy stops, they will show — from a distance — the photos of what they found,” Jacobson said. “They will get a prize if they find at least eight items.”

The prize is a painted shell from the Sanibel Shells, a group that decorates and hides shells around island for people to find and keep. She noted that they painted special shells just for the festival.

“I think it’s cool because it’s something the kids can work on on their own,” Jacobson said.

As part of the activities, TCH Resident Chef Jarred Harris is joining in on the fun. He will share how to carve a pumpkin and make a fall cocktail, with the videos to be posted this week on TCH’s Website.

Sandy and Judy Montclare, Friends Who Care, and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank are sponsors.

“I would like to say thank you to our three sponsors who stepped up to the plate and really helped us out,” she said. “I would also like to thank everyone who came and donated candy for the festival.”

The public is invited to take part.

“I think that in 2020 we all need a little fun in our lives,” Jacobson said.

For more information, visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net or call 239-472-2155.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.



– 122 Periwinkle Way

– Gopher tortoise crossing sign

– Heron

– Ibis

– Iguana

– Jar of seagrape honey

– Local brand of key lime jelly

– Low flying owl warning sign

– Ohio license plate

– Periwinkle plant

– Porta potty

– Sign with 2020 printed on it

– Sign with a cat on it

– Store that is a historical school building

Source: The Community House