UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to timing conflicts.
Looking for different way to celebrate Halloween with your kids this year? A local woman has coordinated with several business owners, law enforcement agencies, the Main Street program and the City of Vicksburg to organize a free and safe trick-or-treat event downtown: Halloween in the Park.
The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Both Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore and Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace have agreed to allocate officers and deputies to be present.
Children and their parents will begin at the corner of the downtown park at Jackson and Washington streets and follow the path (while practicing social distancing) to the stage, where volunteers wearing gloves and masks will be standing on the first step of the stage and placing candy in the bags of each child. The parents and children will continue the path to the corner of Grove and Washington streets to head to the merchants. Participating businesses will display orange and black balloons outside so that parents and children know they are participating.
“This is great for everyone. All of our community can come to a free and different trick-or-treat. It gives our community a chance to see our merchants and their stores and restaurants,” said event organizer Gina Hendrickson. “I have had enthusiastic responses from several merchants, including but not limited to: Lorelei Books, Adorned Glamhouse, Merle Norman Belle Rose Salon, Jay Parmigiani of 10 South; Allen of Daiquiri Hub, Cocktails 101, Kevin Roberts of Chopping Block (and) Amanda Banks of Ravage Spa.”