Chamber of Commerce prepares for Trick-or-Treat Around the Square
By David Hotle
Due to the past popularity of Trick-or-Treat Around the Square, this year the event has been expanded and extended to cover three days.
While the annual Halloween event in Central Park will go on as usual, Washington Chamber of Commerce assistant director Dani Kane said that several other events have been added. She also said that there would be more stops on the square, because businesses located off the square will be setting up tables for the event. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday in Central Park and at 6 p.m. there will be hot dogs, drinks and apple slices for kids in costume.
“Over the last few years, the attendance for Trick-Or-Treat Around the Square has grown significantly,” Kane said. “Last year we had about 800 kids, which was 300 up from the year before. This year, our goal was to focus on more of a collaborative effort to get everyone involved.”
She said that the chamber had also focused on the retailers on the square to hopefully bring some benefits to businesses.
New this year will be a free Spooky Hay Rack Ride on Iowa Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. Also at 6 p.m. games and a bouncy house will begin. In case of rain, games and food will be moved into the Washington Community Y. Also from 6 to 8 p.m. a junior and senior high costume party will be held at JP’s 207. Also from 5 to 7 p.m. trick or treating will be held at Halcyon House.
“There are going to be costume contests for every age this year,” Kane said.
Z Wireless on the square will be taking photos of younger children for an online vote.
Also this year, the Halloween celebration doesn’t end at midnight on Oct. 31. Kane said that the new Moonlight Madness would be held through Saturday evening. Participating Chamber businesses will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A list of participating businesses is available at the Chamber office.
“Participating stores will offer special deals and stay open late,” Kane said. “It will be fun and we will kind of get a jump start on holiday shopping.”
A beanbag toss tournament begins at Unc and Neph’s at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, the Washington Community Y will hold a Parents Night Out, with will include group child care and a swim at the Y. A costume party for adults will begin at 8 p.m. at JP’s 207.