Spook the Lake! is trick or treating – Smith Lake style! An annual fund-raising lake event for Alabama Lake Wide Charities.

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Here’s how it’s done – you basically decorate your boat, decorate yourself, decorate your kids, and some decorate their dogs (or cats), pile up in the boat – with life jackets on the kiddos – and hit the water to start trick or treating (we call it “spooking”) the host docks! Many boat docks around the lake have volunteered to participate to decorated their docks and hand out treats. We have all the docks identified on a map that Spookers can use on their smartphones to zoom in to the exact location.

New This Year

Alabama Lake Wide Charities LogoStarting this year, we have turned this event into an Alabama Lake Wide Charities (ALWC) annual event. ALWC is a 501c3 non-profit organization we established to raise funds for lake area charities and Smith Lake search and rescue efforts. As with the Poor Man Poker Run (PMPR), we are asking for sponsorship from lake area businesses. Business participation/sponsorship is only $250 to host a dock in your business name. Other sponsorship opportunities may evolve as we draw closer. If you’d like to sponsor a dock, contact Brian Czup at (205) 388-2019.

When is It?

Spook the LakeSaturday, October 17, 2020 is the day we have picked for this fun event. Times will be from 1p-4p and we are already getting many folks messaging me to get their docks signed up to give out candy and spook the Spookers! I’m working on the new map now. This year we have talked about having an after-party with pizza and prizes for best costume, best boat decoration, and of course for our awesome dock hosts – best dock decorations, scariest dock, and maybe more! Plans for the after party are still in limbo as there are a TON of logistics to figure out first so stay tuned…

Spook the Lake! Gear

Shirts are given with a donation of $25 for standard sizes.

This year we have put together a Spook the Lake long sleeve shirt which is available in multiple sizes. Small upcharge for larger sizes. These are high quality Gildan shirts with images printed both front and back and printed locally.

For a donation of $15, you will receive a Spook the Lake! face mask!

Cloth, washable mask (one size). We can ship these items for an additional fee or you can pickup at one of our location to be determined later. Please help support ALWC and make a donation today!

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Dock Registrations

Smith Lake EventsPlease use this online form to sign your dock up. I need all the requested information so that I can accurately pin your dock location on the map so the Spookers can find you! Remember, you have to COMPLETE the checkout process as if you were buying something. Don’t worry, you won’t be required to put in any CC info. Just proceed until the “purchase” is complete. I know this is a weird system, but it’s the one that I have already in place right now. Once you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email telling you that I received your registration. Once I have you added to the map, I will “complete the order” so to speak and you will receive another email stating so. You can then click on the map to check your location.

Dock host Spook the LakeA special THANK YOU to all participating docks for taking the time to decorate and participate! In addition, we are aware that you are shouldering the costs for such decorations as well as treats. We appreciate you guys so very much! You are helping to create such wonderful memories for the kiddos, parents, and all of us!

Lake Spookers

If you are planning to participate in Spook the Lake!, I need you to register your boatload-o-Spookers online as well. This will give us a ballpark headcount of how many Spookers and dogs and the areas you plan to spook so that I can share with the docks. They will use the info to stock up on goodies!

This is a pet-friendly event!

Map of Host Dock Locations

Here’s the detailed map of all the host docks the Spookers can spook. Red docks are MVPs who have hosted before and black are new hosts docks. Click the image to view the map.

Spook the Lake - Lewis Smith Lake

Tips for Docks & Spookers

Docks (Treaters)

  • Have someone to help guide boats in and out.
  • Kids and anyone on your dock that is not a strong swimmer must wear a life vest.
  • Decorate your dock so that boats can find you easier.
  • Don’t wear any costume that would inhibit your mobility should you fall in the water.
  • Take pics of every boatload so you can vote on your favorites. Make sure their registration number is visible in the pic. You will be voting on them and they will be voting on you should you choose to vote.
  • Make sure you have your water and snacks because you may not get a chance to go back to the house. Stay hydrated.
  • Best to stick to state social distancing guidelines.

Spookers

  • Start where you are. Visit as many or as few docks you want to. 
  • Kids and anyone on your boat that is not a strong swimmer must wear a life vest.
  • Don’t wear any costume that would inhibit your mobility should you fall in the water.
  • Take pics of every dock so you can vote on your favorites. Make sure their registration number is visible in the pic. You will be voting on them and they will be voting on you should you choose to vote.
  • Bring snacks and water and stay hydrated.
  • Decorate your boat but make sure you do not obstruct your captain’s visibility.
  • IT’S NOT A RACE! So, take your time, enjoy the lake, enjoy your family, and enjoy Spook the Lake!
  • Best to stick to state social distancing guidelines.
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