The annual Halloween walk from Rexall Pharmacy and the party at the Albert A. Capellini Community and Cultural Center have been canceled, but the Yorktown Lions are determined to provide an enjoyable and safe Halloween for local residents.

The Yorktown Lions—with the help of Supervisor Matt Slater and his staff—kicked off “Halloween Month” by decorating Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 1. There, the Yorktown Lions’ President James Poulin and Slater announced plans for the “Halloween Crawl” and other town Halloween activities.

The “Halloween Crawl” will be generated by Yorktown families. The Lions and the town are suggesting that Yorktown residents decorate their homes, much like for the Christmas season. Participants will be asked to complete applications online at yorktownny.org/yorktown-halloween-decorations.

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An interactive map will be created that lists all the homes on the “Halloween Crawl.” Families will thus be able to visit these homes in the safety of their own cars. The Lions’ Halloween Committee will select the homes for “Best Decorated Yorktown Halloween Homes 2020.” Because so many families decorate their homes already for Halloween, this task is simple—just fill out the online application so that your home will be on the Halloween map crawl.

Plus, the Yorktown Lions are teaming up with the Jefferson Valley Mall and the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce for a “Trunk or Treat” from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, in the mall parking lot. Local businesses and families will participate as vendors decorate their trunks and distribute candy as the families drive through a parade of decorations and wave to a number of cartoon characters (played by Yorktown Lions). To become a vendor, contact Heather.Novak@washingtonprime.com.

Additional details are still being decided. Be sure to check the websites and Facebook pages of the Yorktown Lions and the town of Yorktown for additional information.

The Yorktown Lions is a partner of Lions International, the largest service organization in the world. There are 1.35 million members represented in 207 countries with over 46,000 clubs. The Yorktown Lions’ chapter follow its “We Serve” motto by donating 100 percent of what it raises back to the community and to charities.

The Yorktown Lions support, for example, DARE, SPARC, Guiding Eyes, VA Hospital, Support Connection, Yorktown Food Pantry, high school scholarships, Midnight Runs to NYC, the Yorktown Halloween parade and party, and Easter Egg Hunt. Also, the summer concerts, held at the Jack Devito Veterans Memorial Field on Veterans Road, is organized and funded by the Yorktown Lions.

This article was written by Tom McLoughlin, member of the Yorktown Lions Club.