With Halloween just around the corner, Storybook Island’s Safe N Sweet Trick N Treat returns on Oct. 30 for a seventh year. Rapid City area kids can once again experience a safe, contained alternative to trick-or-treating at the Island, 1301 Sheridan Lake Road.
Storybook Island, founded in 1959 by Merle Gunderson and the Rapid City Rotary Clubs, is a Rapid City attraction featuring more than 100 storybook and fairytale settings, many of them interactive.
The annual Halloween event is so popular that Storybook Island has added a second session. Families can opt for the 2 to 5 p.m. session or the 6 to 9 p.m. session. Organizers hope that having two time slots will help cut down on long lines.
“In the past the lines have involved about a two-hour wait,” said Jackie Laws, Storybook Island’s executive director.
Attendees can also avoid lines by purchasing their tickets in advance for delivery by mail.
“It’s nice,” Laws said about receiving tickets by mail. “It helps them avoid the line but they will be able to pay at the gate as well.” The presale tickets provide a VIP-like access so you can bypass the long line, she added.
To order entry tickets by mail, which are $3 per person, call Storybook Island at 605.342.6357. Orders must be placed by Oct. 20 to ensure delivery by Oct. 30.
Peace of mind event
Safe N Sweet Trick N Treat offers parents peace of mind because only people with children can attend, and because they know the goodies their kids get will be safe to eat.
“It’s a safe place to trick-or-treat, and everybody will be dressed up,” Laws said.
Though Storybook Island closed for the season, it will reopen for Safe N Sweet Trick N Treat with the train and carousel rides operating. “Those are always a favorite,” Laws said. Tickets for each ride are $3 per person.
This year, participants can also purchase cake pops and milkshakes served in a souvenir Storybook Island Safe N Sweet mug.
Nightmare Before Christmas
The turnout for Safe N Sweet Trick N Treat is always good, but numbers are weather dependent, Laws said. “We’ve had from 2,000 people to 6,000 people,” she said.
The event has a bit of a movie theme.
“Because the park is so large and we have to start putting up Christmas lights in September, when we decided to do a Halloween event, we decided to do our take on ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’” Laws said. “That way the park is decorated, and there are Halloween decorations incorporated.
“We also have Jack Skellington and his girlfriend, Sally, from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ dressed up in the park as well.”
15 candy stops
Attendees follow a pathway with 15 candy stops, Laws said. Children get about 50 pieces of candy when they walk to the end of the path.
The event is a “huge fundraiser” and helps keep Storybook Island’s admission free during the summer, Laws said.
“Halloween is my favorite,” Laws said. “It’s a lot of fun. There’s no better weekend fun during October than Safe N Sweet Trick N Treat.”