OLEAN, NY — For a safe trick-or-treating experience on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Olean Public Library will be sponsoring a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event for youths ages 16 and under.

The library, located at 134 N. Second St. at the corner of Laurens Street, will close off its parking lot so that trick-or-treaters can walk from car to car collecting treats, library info and library “bling,” explained Sheryl K. Soborowski, the librarian who coordinates outreach activities.

Participants can decorate cars or library book carts using supplies provided by the library in a variety of themes, including Hawaiian luau, under the sea, on a farm, western, pumpkin patch, camping, pirates, circus, mummy car, spider web car, emojis, superheroes, professional or college sports teams, children's books and movies, cartoon characters and video games.

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The SPCA, Girl Scouts, the St. Bonaventure University women’s basketball team, the YMCA and library staff members will be among organizations participating. Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Olean, 212 Laurens St., will be serving treats in the library’s parking lot.

Last year, approximately 270 trick-or-treaters participated.

“There were 10 decorated cars and a decorated book cart, making 11 treat stations for kids to go to — plus a pretzel/cider table,” Soborowski said.

Caregivers are encouraged to come with children under age 10, Soborowski added.

The library will be open during the event for regular services and for restrooms.

The Trunk-or-Treat will go on in light rain or snow, but will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

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