Pekin Community High School’s student council members are scaring up Halloween fun for children with a trick-or-treating event that is still in need of sponsors.

Haunted Hallways, for kids 12 and under, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. While costumes are not required for the no cost event, they are encouraged. Entrance for the event is at the top of the hill where the canopy is located due to Haunted Hallways using G-building hallways. 

This is the first time PCHS has had this event. Student council sponsor Colleen Kahl said participants can expect a “not so scary” time but loads of fun. In addition to trick-or-treating in the hallways, there will be games in the cafeteria for a fee. There will also be hot dogs, chili and popcorn for purchase.

The idea was to have small businesses sponsor a table, meaning they would decorate the table and provide candy to pass out to children. However, after 70 letters were sent out to small businesses and the Pekin Chamber of Commerce, Kahl said she has not yet heard back from any. There is still time, though. The deadline to sponsor a table has been extended to Thursday, Oct. 25. 

“There was a short turnover (originally), admittedly,” she said. “We gave business owners a week, because we needed to know if we had enough tables, parking and other logistics.”

Despite the lack of response from outside organizations, Kahl said that there are 15 school groups who have volunteered to help. She said that fall sports will have a table along with special education staff, faculty departments and the library staff.

Flyers were sent out to primary and intermediate schools in District 108 along with feeder schools to PCHS. Kahl said that six out of the 11 members of student council can drive, and the morning of Oct. 17, they took advantage of a late start day at PCHS and volunteered to distribute all the flyers to the Pekin schools.

“We want to reach out to District 108 kids,” Kahl said. “We want to continue community involvement.”

Volunteers from PCHS student council and National Honor Society will be on hand at Haunted Hallways to run the games, work concessions and hand out candy at several of the sponsored tables.

Kahl said she knows that Canton and Limestone high schools have similar events to PCHS’ Haunted Hallways and those have been successful. 

“We would like to make this a tradition,” said Kahl. “We’ll have Haunted Hallways in the fall and our Egg Hunt in the spring.”