Beggars’ Night in Medina will be one stop at Rotary Park

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 14 October 2020 at 9:16 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Kathy Bogan, an attorney, dressed as the scary clown from It during Beggars’ Night in Medina on Oct. 27, 2017. Her husband Kevin Bogan, a local funeral director, wore a shirt that declared him the undertaker. This year Beggars’ Night won’t include stops at local businesses.

MEDINA – The village of Medina will have Beggars’ Night activities from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in Rotary Park.

This time, children and their families won’t be going door to door to the businesses in the downtown.

Instead, candy will be given out at Rotary Park. The Medina Area Partnership’s Event Committee is organizing the event and will have candy for approximately 600 kids.

Candy will be distributed in a take-home box or in a goodie bag if they run out of boxes. Kids will also have the opportunity to take a picture next to one of the Halloween-themed boards in the park.

Scott Robinson, president of MAP, said the group thought it was important to hold the event to allow for a small piece of normality during a difficult time.

Robinson said there is often confusion between Beggars’ Night and trick or treating. Beggars’ Night is an annual business event, which allows business owners to dress up and hand out candy.

“When it came to the decision of whether or not to have Beggars’ Night, I have to commend the Events Committee on being so creative so we could,” Robinson said.

Robinson said businesses have contributed to the event, just as they always have.

“Our business owners are more than just the occupants of shops,” he said. “They’re members of the community. This is an easy way to excite the younger members of the community as they celebrate Halloween.”

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