On Saturday, October 26, spooky characters of all ages gathered in downtown Harrisonburg for the 10th Annual Halloween on the Square! This family-friendly event presented by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance featured activities and contests on historic Court Square, as well as trick-or-treating in over 30 downtown businesses.
Spidey made an appearance! Photo by Blair Boswell.
Activities included numerous arts, crafts, and interactive projects, as well as games, performances, and storytime.
Dancers with the Shenandoah Contemporary Dance Theater performed Halloween-themed numbers like “Thriller” and “Crypt Pickers.” Photo by Blair Boswell.
Face painting provided many creative looks at the Larkin Arts booth. Photo by Blair Boswell.
Spooky tunes by Neils Barkley provided a festive soundtrack for the event. Photo by Blair Boswell.
Some event attendees show off their painting skills at the Paint on Canvas station with Arts Council of the Valley & Artery. Photo by Trisha Blosser.
The Cupcake Company offered a chance for event attendees to test their skills at the Cupcake Decorating booth and enjoy a tasty treat. Photo by Blair Boswell.
The Caricature Drawing station offered the chance for event attendees to see themselves from a new perspective. Photo by Blair Boswell.
The Safe Kids Central Shenandoah Valley booth provided trick-or-treating bags to families. Photo by Trisha Blosser.
Ren and AnneCallie of Over the Moon talked with event attendees about their baby and maternity boutique located on Mason Street in downtown Harrisonburg. Photo by Trisha Blosser.
HDR interns Jenny and Hillary helped greet guests and answer questions at the Info Booth. Photo by Blair Boswell.
The Kids’ Costume Contest and Digico’s Howl-o-ween Doggie Contest offered the chance to show off creativity and compete to win fun prizes.
Contestants parade by the judges panel. Photo by Trisha Blosser.
Costume categories offered chances for children of all ages and pets to win prizes and impress the judges. Photo by Blair Boswell.
Costume contest judges Meris Yates from JMU Kijiji and Katey Warren from Harrisonburg Tourism carefully considered the costume of each participant. Photo by Trisha Blosser.
Congratulations to our Kids’ Costume Contest winners! Here’s a peek at just a few of them:
This sweet-faced monster won the prize for Scariest in the Ages 0-3 category. Photo by Blair Boswell.
This creative BLT costume and its wearer won for Most Original in the Ages 0-3 category. Photo by Blair Boswell.
Who are we gonna call? This ghostbuster that won Scariest in the Ages 7-9 category. Photo by Blair Boswell.
And congrats to the winners of Digico’s Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Contest! Here’s one of them:
Stella, shown here with her owner Lynda Bostrom, won 2nd place in Digico’s Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Contest. Photo by Trisha Blosser.
After the entertainment on Court Square, children and their families had the chance to trick-or-treat at over 30 downtown businesses by following a Candy Map and looking for the orange balloons outside of participating locations. Thanks to all of our downtown employees who helped to make the day sweeter!
Trick-or-treating at Jack Brown’s. Photo by Blair Boswell.
Trick-or-treating at Laughing Dog T-Shirts & Gifts. Photo by Blair Boswell.
We are very thankful to our title sponsors, MedExpress Urgent Care and Hess Orthopaedics, and event sponsors Merchants of Historic Downtown Harrisonburg, Digico Post | Shoot | Design, Explore More Discovery Museum,Arts Council of the Valley, Safe Kids Central Shenandoah Valley, Larkin Arts, Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA, Glen’s Fair Price Store, Dragonflies Toys, and Blue Ridge Dog for their support and helping to make this event possible.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Halloween on the Square! We hope you had a frightfully good time and we look forward to seeing you in downtown again soon!
Making a spooky friend at the Artful Dodger. Photo by Blair Boswell.
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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.
Nicole Martorana is the Editor of the Do Downtown blog and the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.