The Swan Hills Community's Halloween Story Walk, organized in collaboration with the Family Resource Network (FRN) and Swan Hills FCSS (FCSS), was a fantastic event on October 31st. This initiative, initiated by FRN and FCSS during the COVID-19 pandemic, was designed to provide an outdoor, family-friendly activity for the community. Even though the pandemic restrictions have lifted, the Story Walk program remains a beloved tradition in Swan Hills.
The Story Walk begins at the trailhead situated in the southwest corner of the Super A parking lot. As participants follow the trail, they encounter signposts displaying the pages of a story, which are read in sequence as they journey to the trail's conclusion.
Beyond its entertainment value, the Story Walk offers children and adults a much-needed respite from the constant noise and technology surrounding them. Spending time in the tranquillity of nature helps reduce stress and fosters creativity. Reading the story aloud, especially to younger children, enhances literacy, focus, and concentration. The staff at FCSS and FRN have received numerous positive comments since the program's inception.
This year's Halloween story was "The Teeny Tiny Ghost" by Kay Winters, a delightful tale featuring a miniature ghost living with two cats who has a humorous encounter with unexpected visitors on Halloween night.
The Story Walk welcomed Swan Hills School students from kindergarten to grade 3 in the morning, opening the event to the rest of the community from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. In total, 63 kids and 21 community members enjoyed the story walk.
Thanks to a generous donation from the 50+ Club, each participant received a Halloween treat bag, adding to the day's excitement.
The Halloween Story Walk was a fantastic way for Swan Hills children to kickstart their Halloween adventures.
Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette