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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary looking for volunteers, candy for upcoming ‘Trick or Treat’ Event

The 'Western Hope' transforms into a spooky vessel for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's 'Trick or Treat' event at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

Alpena — ‘Trick Or Treat’ is coming back to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

Volunteers and employees of the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will help deck out the museum with spooky designs and decorations. Last year, over 2,000 trick-or-treaters explored the haunted museum, grabbing candy and putting together arts and crafts.

“On Halloween, it’s really a completely different atmosphere, and so we draw new people into the sanctuary, and they see what a fascinating, fun place it is,” said Katie Wolf, Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Director. “We also have educational craft activities at night.”

The event is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend. ‘Trick or Treat’ takes place Friday, October 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Volunteers and candy donations are needed to put this event on for the youngster to enjoy. Last year, the sanctuary actually ran out of candy for trick-or-treaters.

If you would like to help volunteer or would like to make a candy donation, email the sanctuary at or call the sanctuary at 989-356-8805.