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YHS to offer Scavenger Hunt Saturday

ELKINS — Families will have the opportunity to enjoy a holiday adventure while practicing social distancing Saturday during a Happy Halloween Scavenger Hunt offered by Youth Health Service Home Ties Strengthening Families Center.

The event will run from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Youth Health Service, located at 971 Harrison Ave., will give participating children Halloween candy and a crafts package, and kids are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes for the Scavenger Hunt. All participating children will be entered into a door prize raffle.

“The event will begin at Youth Health Service, where we will welcome them with goodies and give them a list of clues,” said Kristy Kline, the center’s Family Resource Specialist. “The clues will direct them to participating businesses, where they can pick up an item for the Scavanger Hunt.

“It’s not a competition, just a fun event to stimulate the kids,” she said. “They need some fun and challenging activities now.”

This is the first year for the Scavenger Hunt, which is being offered in the place of Youth Health Service’s traditional Trunk-or-Treat event.

“Trunk-or-Treat brings too many people too close together in one small area,” Kline said. “We’ve had up to 300 participants in the YHS parking lot at one time for Trunk-or-Treat.”

The Scavenger Hunt will “spread the participants out across town” and allow for social distancing, she said.

“They don’t have to follow the clues in any particular order,” Kline said. “At YHS we will be giving out clues from 1-3 p.m. The businesses will be greeting participating kids from 1-4 p.m.”

About nine businesses are taking part, Kline said, but businesses can still sign up to participate in the Scavenger Hunt by calling 304-636-9450 by Friday afternoon.

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