Treats on the Streets comes howling into downtown Hartsville Thursday, Oct. 26th
Hartsville, S.C. – >From pirates to penguins and from gladiators to ghosts, downtown Hartsville receives a crowd of unusual visitors every year for Main Street Hartsville’s Treats on the Streets downtown trick-or-treating. On Thursday, October 26th, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m., one of downtown’s biggest events will have its biggest year ever, bringing together not just children and families making their way among local shops, restaurants and other businesses, but also costume contests for children and dogs alike, sponsored by SPC Credit Union.
A couple of costume contests, both sponsored by SPC Credit Union, are scheduled for Centennial Park, found at the intersection of Fifth Street and Carolina Avenue. At 5:30 p.m., the Strut Your Mutt Costume Contest will bring out the best of the community’s costumed canines. The Hocus Pocus Costume Contest will follow at 6 p.m., spotlighting the wide variety of Hartsville’s costumed children. Award categories include: Scariest, Funniest, Cutest, Fanciest, Most Original and Most Colorful Costume Awards.
The YMCA and Darlington County Parks and Recreation are both sponsoring free carnival-like games for kids as a break in the trick-or-treating fun. Free carnival games will be set up on E. Carolina Ave. and near the Hartsville YMCA.
Welsey United Methodist Church, located at 145 East College Avenue, will also have its trunk-or-treat event during the same time, and the Pumpkin Patch will be open until 6 p.m. selling pumpkins.
For the community’s safety, road closures for the event will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. Traffic will be blocked at Fifth Street intersections at Home Avenue, Carolina Avenue and Cargill Way. Carolina Avenue intersections will be blocked from Fourth Street to Sixth Street. All public parking lots will be open and accessible. The East College Avenue parking lots will be accessible by Home Avenue, and Fourth Street. The public parking lots next to Centennial Park will be accessible by Sixth Street.
Those wishing to assist downtown merchants with the expense of candy can visit mainstreetharsville.org to “Help Fund The Fun.”
“We are also excited about the merchant’s Downtown Window Display Contest and the Scarecrow Decorating Contest, where fun scarecrow designs will be staged along our downtown sidewalks, “ says Main Street Hartsville Executive Director, Suzy Moyd, “Thanks to Griggs Circle Bakery, winners will receive a Bootiful Basket filled with baked goods.” To register for either competition, go to mainstreethartsville.org.