Trick-or-treat has a new meaning in downtown Scottsburg. In a safe, family-friendly environment, children, parents, and families can participate in the annual Scottsburg Main Street Haunted Downtown from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
“It’s a way to tie the downtown together,” said Dale Armstrong, Scottsburg Main Street president. “And, have a safe place.”
For the last few years, the Scottsburg Main Street has hosted the event, which features more than two dozen businesses, governmental agencies, and community groups handing out candy to the Haunted Downtown trick-or-treaters. The Scott County Community Emergency Response Team will be on hand to help keep the event safe for all.
“We want to make sure the kids are safe and highlight the vendors too,” Armstrong said.
One of the new groups to Haunted Downtown is the Scottsburg Fire Department. In the past, the Indiana fire department used its building to create a haunted house and handed out candy at its firehouse. This year, the fire department will be at Haunted Downtown will fire trucks for children to see while meeting local firefighters and personnel.
Along with the fire department, the Scott County Public Library will be handing out candy at Haunted Downtown for the first time, and Bob Ward of State Farm Insurance will take costume photos for free at the library. Ward is known for his photos taken at the Scott County Fair, Armstrong said.
“It’s a safe place to get candy and see a lot of neat costumes,” Armstrong said.
Last year, thousands of children, parents, and families descended on downtown Scottsburg for the annual Haunted Downtown. The Scottsburg City Hall will be decorated and candy will be given, i1053 and The Kitchen will have a pirate theme, and Hello Beautiful will have their business decorated inside, Armstrong said.
“We want to keep people interested in our downtown and provide something to do that is a safe activity,” Armstrong said.
Throughout the year, the Scottsburg Main Street hosts the Scott County MaterFest and a movie night on the Courthouse lawn during the summer. For more information on Haunted Downtown, visit the Scottsburg Main Street Facebook page.