(Paris, TN) The eleventh annual downtown Spooktacular, sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA), promises a howling good time on the Henry County Court House lawn on Saturday afternoon, October 22nd. Organizations and businesses will provide free crafts, entertainment, contests with prizes, live music and concessions from noon until 4:00 p.m. Downtown merchants invite children to trick or treat during Spooktacular which is sponsored by the DPA.
“This is a fantastic, annual festival that’s a tradition for many families,” said Spook Meister Rick Conger of Paris Karate Studio. “Where else can folks enjoy free crafts and games, hear live music from the Inman Pep Band, win prize money and enjoy delicious treats, to boot?”
Throughout the day children can visit 17 DPA booth partners including Paris Landing State Park Birds of Prey & Halloween Owls; Children’s Theater with two spooky booths, Pre-K Head Start treats games; First Christian Church’s Halloween Putt Putt and free coffee; REAL Hope Youth Center’s bean bag toss; Paris Police Department/DARE and Carl Perkins Center with bags and goodies and face painting; Inman Band live music; 911’s Red E Fox; Kroger’s scary tattoos and games; Paris Post Intelligencer will have a spooky photo booth; The Peddler will have a scary photo opportunity with a ring toss game; Froggy 103.7 FM will have photos with Count Frogula; K & B Supplies for Success will have Sewer Splash and crafts; Air Evac will have a Life Team Launch game; and Security Bank will have tic tac toe and coloring activities. The DPA’s famous Pumpkin Patch Pete will be on hand so you can guess Pete’s weight and win DPA bucks. On Halloween day, the winner will be announced and will receive $100 in DPA bucks, just in time for Christmas Open House weekend, November 4-6.
Along with downtown’s variety of restaurants serving delicious fare, Perry’s BBQ and the Inman Band Boosters will be on site with concessions.
The Lions Club, a Spooktacular partner, will have fun contests and games from 1:00 to 1:30. “Don’t have a costume? It’s fun to come out and just enjoy the show,” said DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. “There are hundreds of costumed children on parade, dancing, howling, delicious food, music and other activities, all in a fabulous setting, beautiful Downtown Paris!”
“Spooktacular is one of our signature events for the entire family,” said Kathy Ray. “This is a free event that gives the youngsters of our community the opportunity to trick or treat during daylight hours and enjoy fun activities on our historic Court House lawn, courtesy of the many partnering businesses and organizations. This DPA event is sponsored by Carroll Bank, Commercial Bank, FirstBank, and Security Bank”
Call Spook Meister Rick Conger at (731) 642-7425 or Kathy Ray at (731) 653-7274 for information. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.
Spooktacular Schedule of Events
Noon Game booths open. Registration for costume contests begins.
12:15-12:45 pm Inman Band performs.
12:45 – 1:00 pm “Thriller” flash mob
1:00-1:30 pm Spooky games by the Lions Club
1:30 pm Ages birth to 3 years old Costume Contest
2:00 pm Ages 4 to 7 years old Costume Contest
2:30 pm Ages 8 to 11 years old Costume Contest
3:00 pm Ages 12 to 14 years old Costume Contest
3:30 pm Family/Group Theme Contest
3:50 pm Winners of Scarecrows on the Square announced
The Downtown Paris Association is a 501C3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area. For more information, log on VisitDowntownParis.com, download the Downtown Paris Association FREE mobile phone app, and LIKE us on Facebook