Downtown South Boston is having an inaugural Trail of Treats event for the children of Halifax County and the surrounding area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
“While this will be a prime opportunity for local businesses to showcase their businesses to prospective, future customers, this event is solely about the children and providing them a safe, fun environment to enjoy for their Halloween experience,” said Destination Downtown Executive Director Tamyra Vest. “The more participating businesses, volunteers and prizes that are provided by the collective group of local businesses, the bigger success this inaugural event will be.”
The Trail of Treats will be put on by Destination Downtown South Boston and conducted in the downtown area. It will consist of a candy-finding scavenger hunt throughout downtown in which businesses may take part. Each participant will be provided a map of local businesses that will have candies and treats for each child, Vest explained.
“Parental supervision for each child is required, and no child will be able participate without a parent or guardian above the age of 18,” she added.
“The item provided could be a singular piece of candy or a small item that would be handed out on a normal trick or treat run on Halloween night. Being that each child has a parental guardian, the local business will have an opportunity to display their business to potential customers who may not even know that that business is in existence or do not know its current service or items in their inventory. This will be a prime marketing opportunity,” she added.
For businesses located outside of the Downtown South Boston area, North Main Street in downtown will be blocked off, and any participating business or other organization (churches, children’s groups like Boy/Girl Scouts, YMCA) will be able to put up a tent or booth to supply candy and provide marketing material or free items to the parent while simultaneously filling up the child’s candy basket.
“This is about the children and ensuring that all have a great Halloween while ensuring their safety and security. The event will be held in daytime hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” Vest added.
At the end of the event, all participants who have completed their participant checklist by visiting each business and getting a stamp or signature by the participating business owner or owner’s representative will be entered into a drawing for a selection of prizes that are specific to each age group. No less than three age groups will be available with each age group having a grand prize such as a bicycle for example. Other prizes also will be given away.
Vest said she is hoping to have a minimum of eight prizes per age group.
Also in the North Main Street area blocked off, several carnival games will be available for participants to play for free, and everybody will receive a piece of candy whether they win or not.
“This event is about building self-esteem for the children and bringing the community together,” she added.
In addition to the carnival, hot dogs and chips along with drink refreshments will be provided for free allowing community members and businesses to intermingle and enjoy one another’s company.
To make the event successful, Destination Downtown is asking local businesses to be listed on the Trails of Treats map for trick or treaters by having plenty of candy on hand for the children when they stamp their Trail of Treats card between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Downtown businesses also are asked to donate toys or make monetary donations toward purchase of toys.
“Donate toys ranging from $10 to $50 such as bikes, activity stations, block sets, gift cards, scooters and toddler toys to be given away to children who complete the Trail of Treats and win the drawing,” Vest urged.
Businesses and churches outside of the downtown area are welcome to set up a booth\tent with a carnival game and are urged to provide candy at their booth\tent as well as any marketing material for their group.
Volunteers also are needed to help with carnival games and operations.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 434-575-4275 or call 434-575-4209.
“We are looking forward to growing this great event,” Vest said.