4th Annual Ghouls on Garrison – Halloween Night
The night of October 31st will most certainly offer ample opportunities for trick-or-treating, but Ghouls on Garrison offers an atmosphere like none other.
Historic buildings are home to merchants happy to heap treats on children.
For the first time ever, young children can participate in a costume contest at Garrison Commons for kids 12 and under. The first 20 children who are lined up near the stage will be eligible.
Prizes will be awarded for best overall costume, spookiest character, and most charming child. The grand prize is a gift basket including a $25 gift certificate to West End Diner, Mama Says Emporium, and a Designer Again gift certificate, as well as Halloween toys and treats from Belle Starr Antiques. Spookiest and most charming costume winners will receive gift bags and a pumpkin prize.
This event, in its 4th year, is sponsored by downtown merchants. Crissie Clegg, owner of True Grit Tattoo Parlor, says she and Beth Templeton at Belle Starr Antiques saw a gap in old-fashioned neighborhood Halloween events. “We needed a traditional trick-or-treating celebration for the community. We thought historic downtown is a perfect place to revive the old school ways. Our fabulous downtown merchants were willing to make that happen. It’s lots of fun, and it’s a safe, stress-free environment.”
How big has the event grown? Beth Templeton says she gave away more than 600 pieces of candy at her station last year. Beth explains the set-up. “We have candy stations up and down each side of Garrison Avenue and at Brunwick Place. Because of the costume contest at Garrison Commons, it may be best to start at the Park at West End and head toward the east end of the avenue to enjoy the costume contest.”