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Freaky Friday Oct. 28
Town’s annual ‘Trick or Treat’ event slated for Mayor Bob Leonard Park

The “incredible” White family, Everett, 2, mother Andrea and father John, and Aiden, 4, came ready for action as “The Incredibles” at the 2010 Freaky Friday Fright Night.- File photo
Ghouls, ghosts and goblins: get ready to gear up for Halloween while donating to a good cause at the town of Farragut’s 15th annual Freaky Friday Fright Night from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

Children age 12 and under and in costume are invited to trick-or-treat around the walk trail at the park. Local businesses, community groups and Town volunteers will hand out the treats, provide games with prizes, assist with cookie decorating and serve refreshments.

This year, as they have done each year since 2000, the Town will partner with Ronald McDonald House in order to collect essential items that the House needs to continue day-to-day operations.

Chelsey Riemann, Town public relations coordinator, said, “The Ronald McDonald House provides a ‘home away from home’ for families with critically ill children being served by area hospitals and depends on community donations to operate. Families are provided all services for a nominal fee or for free of charge if they are unable to pay.”

Riemann said Ronald McDonald House was chosen as a partner because of its services to the community.

“Through ties with our community members, we knew of the great work that the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House was doing in our area and, in 2000, asked if they would like to partner with us during the Freaky Friday Fright Nite event. The number of donations grows at each year’s event and it’s a joy for us at the town of Farragut to be able to help the Knoxville RMH in this way,” she added.

Knoxville Ronald McDonald House director, Sue Beverly, said the House could not operate without community donations.

“As a non-profit that relies solely on the support of our community, we are especially thrilled to once again partner with the town of Farragut for Freak Friday.

“The donations we receive during this fun-filled event mean the world to us and to the scores of families that call our House ‘home,’” she added.

Because the House does function as a home for so many families in need, many of the items needed are common household items.

“We need all of the things you use around your own home, we just need more,” Beverly said.

While Freaky Friday Fright Nite is a free event, participants are asked to donate one of the following items for the House: cleaning supplies including paper towels, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, including Dreft for baby clothes, disinfectant spray and wipes; food items including individually wrapped snacks and breakfast bars; household items including gallon and quart size freezer bags, kitchen size trash bags, lawn and leaf bags, plastic forks and spoons, air freshener spray, and 60 watt CFL light bulbs; postage stamps; phone cards and gift cards to discount and grocery stores and gas stations. Cash donations also will be accepted. Collection stations will be located next to the cookie decorating station and next to the entrance from the Harrison Road parking lot.

“We always receive a van load full of goodies and several hundred dollars in cash from this event, and we are so grateful for each and every item,” Beverly said.

For a full list of donation items, to learn more about Ronald McDonald House or for a list of drop-off sites, visit


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