October 24, 2020

NICER hosted the 2nd annual Spooky Halloween Trail Walk on Saturday, October 24th, from 4:30-5:30 pm, at the Hurley School. What would have been a spooky walk through the Hurley School Adventure Trails was modified to a drive thru format, due to inclement weather and the rise in COVID-19 cases in the community.

With so many local events being canceled over the past 6 months, NICER cautiously, began planning this year's walk in August. Members of the Spooky Trail planning group spoke with the Iron County Health Department and Hurley School District about how to make this event fun and safe for everyone during the pandemic. Plans included hand sanitizer stations set up at the entrance and exit of the trail, masks required for all volunteers and participants, and prepackaged goodie bags. There were also going to be two trail options. One for youth under the age of 10 and the other, scarier option for youth 10 and up.

"The Spooky Trail planning group felt confident in the safety measures that we planned to implement during the walk, but decided it would be in our best interest to change to a drive thru format" states Rebecca Holm, one of the Spooky Trail planning group coordinators, "The health and safety of our community is our main concern. We were nervous about how it would all work out, but our amazing volunteers stepped up and made the best out of the situation."

The group's nervousness turned into excitement when cars began lining up in the Hurley School entrance prior to the 4:30 start time. Volunteers set up themed costume stations along the school drive way and parking lots and interacted with the families as the 80+ cars drove through. Each child received a prepackaged goody bag and the 30th car to drive through received a gift basket. A suggested $5 donation was requested per car, with all proceeds being used on future community projects identified by NICER.

NICER is already discussing next year's event with hopes that it will be bigger and better than ever!

Check out our 2020 Spooky Halloween Trail Walk video below! Thank you Laverne Morello for taking photos and videos at the event!

Thank you to the Hurley School District for allowing NICER to host this event at at the school. Also thank you to the area businesses, organizations and individuals who have generously donated to the Spooky Halloween Trail Walk. Donations received have been used to purchase candy, supplies, decorations, and promotional materials for this event.

2020 Spooky Halloween Trail Walk Donors: Diane & Joe Simonich, Iron County 4-H Leaders Association, Ken Saari (Edward Jones-Hurley), Ironwood Area Business & Professional Women, Future Plumbing, Rebecca Lynch (Edward Jones-Ironwood), Kiwanis Club of Ironwood, City of Hurley, Quality Collison, Kimball Homemakers, Iron County Sheriff's Office, Aukee Chiropractic, Hurley Lions Club, Jeff & Debbie Vandevoorde, City of Montreal, Dale Wicklund, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Anonymous Donor, Bremer Family, Beth Salo Saari, Super One Foods, Gerry & David Traczyk, Ironwood-Hurley Rotary Club.


NICER also hosted a PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST the week of the Spooky Halloween Trail Walk!

Participants were asked to submit two photos: the carver holding their pumpkin creation and a close-up photo of the pumpkin itself, for a chance at winning 3 great prizes.

NICER's Board of Directors reviewed all photo submissions and voted for the winners, who were announced on Facebook on Halloween Day. Check them out below!

Carved by: Cally Aho

Best Youth Pumpkin and Best Overall Pumpkin

Carved by: Jen Sukanen

Best Adult Pumpkin