Main Street Nevada is kicking it up a notch for the yearly Trick or Treat event with new activities for ghosts and goblins of all ages.
This year’s Trick or Treat on Main Street will be Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In addition to the regular march from business to business, the event will have a DJ, a free-will offering meal and three contests for businesses and community members to enter.
During the event, Sixth Street will be closed from Lincoln Highway to J Avenue. The DJ will be set up at the intersection of Sixth Street and K Avenue with a dance floor sectioned off by hay bales for kids to show off their costumes.
The event draws over 600 children to the downtown area, along with their parents and other adults. Paula Feltner, who initiated the scarecrow contest, said the goal of the changes and new additions is to offer something more for the community.
“We just wanted people to be able to drive down Sixth Street and see something special was happening in this community, because it is,” she said.
Businesses downtown and in the community have already embraced the scarecrow contest, with 10 scarecrows already on display and several more expected to enter, Feltner said. Any business or organization is welcome to enter as long as they can get their scarecrow to Main Street by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, for judging. Scarecrows already on display this week will be featured on the Main Street Nevada Facebook page.
Feltner, who owns Thisday Studios, has her own scarecrow bride and groom outside her shop and plans to set up a Halloween photo booth the day of the event. She said the development of the Main Street Nevada program was a prime opportunity to bring businesses and community together to create something new from an already established event.
“Our objective is fun for kids and interaction for parents and also to promote the businesses, because that’s what Main Street Nevada is supposed to do,” Feltner said.
Main Street Nevada Director Henry Corbin said the changes to this year’s event are a step in the right direction that the organization hopes it can continue.
“I’ve grown up going to them and this is probably the most fun, energetic sounding one,” he said. “Even adults that don’t have kids are wanting to check it out.”
Everyone is also welcome to participate in the dog costume contest sponsored by Community Veterinary Clinic. Entry is free and participants will receive a bag of treats. The winner will get a gift basket from the clinic.
When all the treats have been gathered on Main Street, people can head to the First United Methodist Church for a free will offering burger supper and a pie bake sale from 4:30-7 p.m. The bake sale also includes a pie decorating contest.
Proceeds from the offering will go to the Good Samaritan Fund, an organization that helps families in need in the community with rent and utility payments as well as other necessities. According to Barb Mittman, an organizer of Tuesday’s meal, there hasn’t been a big fundraiser for the organization in awhile, and the need for it is showing.
“Someone who’s on the Good Samaritan team said they had a chance of running out of money before the end of the year, so we’ve got a small group of people together and we’re like ‘we know how to cook,’” she said.
The group hopes to raise $1,000 for the Good Samaritan Fund. According to Mittman, having a role in revamping the Main Street event is an added bonus.
“It’s really exciting to be a part of it. People are really going to be wanting to spend a little more time downtown,” she said. “What’s better than a loose meat sandwich and some chips and some pie?”