Ghosts, zombies and Queen Elsa will be seen around Huntsville’s downtown this weekend as All Hollows’ Eve quickly approaches and parents scramble to find fun and safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating.
The city of Huntsville has partnered with several organizations in the community to bring a safe Halloween celebration for people of all ages at the annual Scare on the Square.
Sam Houston State University Latin dance organization Bailamos will be one of many campus organizations volunteering at the event. Kerrie Hall, president of the Bailamos, is excited about dressing up and being a part of the community celebration.
“Although we are a dance organization, we feel it is very important to give back,” Hall said. “ Scare on the Square is a great way to interact with the community and reach out to the youth in a safe, fun and interactive way. I am really looking forward to being a part of this event and getting to dress up.”
One aspect of Scare on the Square that Hall appreciates most is the event’s safety.
“I felt this was a good event to volunteer for because it allows children to enjoy Halloween in safe environment rather than having to go door to door,” Hall said.
After seeing last year’s Scare on the Square, Hall wanted Bailamos to volunteer for the event and experience it first hand.
“We are all really excited to be a part of the event this year and will have a really fun booth where people can win prizes and enjoy great music,” Hall said. “This will be our organization first time volunteering at the event, but I attended last year and had a blast. There was tons of food and a variety of booths and carnival like games.”
The event will take place Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m. and will include games, candy, face painting, a moonwalk, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and free pizza and hotdogs.
Tickets are available for $1 at the event and two tickets for $1 at the City of Huntsville Main Street office through the rest of the week. The office is located at 1203 University Drive and only cash, check or money order will be accepted.
H.E.B., Double Dave’s Pizza and SHSU are among the local organizations that will help run the event. Many volunteers from SHSU will be present along with their organizations and everyone is encouraged to dress up in their best costumes.