Downtown Harrisonburg Celebrates the 10th Annual Halloween on the Square

The leaves are changing and people are starting to catch that Fall Fever! Everyone is going pumpkin picking to find the best pumpkin to carve, breaking out their scarecrows and ghosts, and deciding who or what they want to dress up as this year. Yes, it means the Halloween season is approaching, and more importantly, Halloween on the Square will soon be here!

Families make their way from business to business for Trick-or-Treating in downtown Harrisonburg. Photo courtesy of HDR Photo Archives.

This fall favorite presented by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance will be held this Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on and around Court Square!

With games, activities, costume contests, and, of course, trick-or-treating, this event will provide a fun and safe environment for families and kids of all ages.

Event Activities will take place from 10:00 am to noon on downtown Harrisonburg’s historic Court Square and will include:

Two of Halloween on the Square’s most popular features are the Costume Contest for newborns and children up to 13 yrs old at 11:30 am and Digico’s Howl-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest starting at noon.

Dogs will not only be invited to compete in the Doggie Costume Contest, but can also enjoy doggie treats and bobbing for hot dogs. Please note that all dogs must be well-behaved and leashed to attend and should be registered for the contest at the information tent by 11:45 am. For those without a furry friend, or looking to add another to their family, the SPCA will host the “Muttsters Mash” Pet Station with a selection of adoptable dogs.

Tigger made an appearance in last year’s Costume Contest. Photo courtesy of HDR Photo Archives.

For those with a sweet-tooth, Trick-or-Treating will take place at over 30 locations throughout downtown Harrisonburg from noon to 2:00 pm. Candy Maps listing participating locations and free Trick-or-Treat Bags will be available at the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center at 212 South Main Street during the event. You can also pick up a Candy Map at the information tent on Court Square before noon. In addition to being listed on the Candy Map, participating businesses will also have an orange balloon outside of their locations.

All of us from Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance hope to see you and your family come out to enjoy a crisp fall day with us full of games, activities, and fun!

Kaitlyn Shields is the HDR Promotions & Social Media Intern for Fall 2013 and a senior Organizational Communication major and Writing & Rhetoric Minor at James Madison University.


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