Calling all ghouls and goblins.
Halloween is brewing in South Boston as they gear up for the third annual Trail of Treats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
“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 their Halloween experience,” said Tamyra Vest, Destination Downtown South Boston executive director.
Trail of Treats is put on by Destination Downtown South Boston and conducted in the downtown South Boston area.
It will consist of a candy-finding scavenger hunt throughout downtown in which businesses and organizations may take part.
Starting at 11 a.m., each participant will pick up a scavenger hunt card at the registration table, located in front of Town Hall.
The event is for children 12 and under, and parental supervision is required for each child. The prizes will be given out according to age categories of 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
“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,” said Vest.
Businesses located outside of the Downtown South Boston area and any organizations such churches, children’s groups like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are 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.
Close to 30 candy shops as well as some activity shops will participate in the festivities, according to Vest.
The YMCA will be providing face painting. Americorps will have a children’s activity, and the fire department, rescue squad and the South Boston Police Department members will be in attendance and participating.
“The event is growing by leaps and bounds each year,” Vest added. “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 the daytime hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It also gives the parents one more opportunity to get use out of that costume.”
At the end of the event, all participants who have completed their participant checklist by visiting each business and getting a signature by the participating business owner will be entered into a drawing for a selection of prizes that are specific to each age group.
All scavenger hunt cards need to be turned in to the prize table by 12:45 p.m. Prize drawings start at 1 p.m.
“This event is all about building self-esteem for the children and bringing the community together,” she added.
Pizza and bottled water will be provided, while supplies last.
Participants also will vote on their favorite decorated pole in the Downtown Halloween Pole Decorating Contest.
Vest said they still need toy donations or preferably money to buy toys.
She says that for safety purposes. Main Street also will be closed during the event.
“We were blown away by the participation the past two years. We had not planned on closing Main Street the first year, but because of the multitudes of families who participated, it had to immediately be closed for safety purposes,” she added.
“We wish to thank our great sponsors. We couldn’t buy toys and pizza or rent portajohns without them. The Mummy of all Sponsors are URW Federal Credit Union and Haislip Dental Lab; and Goblin Sponsors are The Busy Bean and SunTrust Bank.”
For more information, email email@example.com or call 434-575-4209.
“So dress up the kids. We are looking forward to a great event,” Vest concluded.