Chicago — The city of Chicago is hosting “Halloweek” in the run up to the fall holiday and Blommer Chocolate Co. along with a slew of candymakers are throwing support behind the week-long fete, according to Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s office.
Throughout the week people will have opportunities to trick-or-treat around Chicago while following the city’s guidelines for safe celebrations.
“Halloween means so much for our kids, and after so much has been taken away, it’s important for all of us that we still give them something to look forward this October,” says Mayor Lightfoot. “But Halloweek is about more than just having a week of fun Halloween-related activities, it’s also about us as a city continuing to find new opportunities to come together in healthy and safe ways throughout this unprecedented moment.”
The festivities will conclude on October 31 with the Arts in the Dark Upside-Down Halloween Parade, a reverse parade featuring stationary entertainment that attendees drive past, the city reports. The parade was developed by LUMA8 and is sponsored by Blommer Chocolate, which will distribute 10,000 goody bags at the end of the parade route. In addition to the chocolate supplier, products were also donated by Ferrero U.S.A., Inc.; Ferrara Candy Co., Inc.; PepsiCo, Inc.’s Quaker Oats; Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC; Jelly Belly Candy Co.; The Hershey Co.; and Amplify Snack Brands.
“We are very pleased to support Mayor Lightfoot’s plans for a safe celebration of Halloween through our sponsorship of the Arts in the Dark Upside-Down Halloween Parade and the donation of 10,000 candy bags,” says Peter Blommer, CEO of Blommer Chocolate. “The Mayor and her team’s effort to re-imagine Halloween in the time of COVID, making it safe, fun and permissible, shows great leadership and creativity. We hope that the Chicago Halloweek festivities serve as an example to cities and families across the U.S.”
Admission to the parade, which runs from noon to 2 pm, is free and reservations can be made at artsinthedark.com/attend.
“A mainstay in the city we’ve called our ‘sweet home’ for more than 100 years, Ferrara is uniquely positioned to give back this Halloween season in one of the best ways we can — through an actual ton of candy, including beloved brands from Nerds, Laffy Taffy and Trolli to Now & Later and SweeTarts,” says Sarah Kittel, vice-president of corporate affairs for Ferrara. “We strive to be an organization engaged in the communities where we work and live in. We are proud to be a part of the city’s Halloweek celebration to provide safe and accessible Halloween activities across the city.”