By Kitsey Burns Harrison
Ghosts and goblins, witches, princess and superheros will celebrate all hallows eve a day early in Yadkinville with a special celebration planned by the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center and area businesses.
The annual Halloween Downtown celebration in Yadkinville will take place on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. with tricks and treats for all.
“Downtown Halloween got its start with former town employee Paul Lowe in 2012,” explained Arts Council Director Lindsay Craven. “Since then it has grown drastically each year. This year we have over 50 businesses participating in trick or treat and are planning on more than 400 participants traveling through the streets of downtown Yadkinville. This event is a wonderful example of the appreciation that our downtown businesses have for our local families.”
The celebration will happen in the plaza at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center where more than 20 businesses and agencies will be giving out treat bags. Other area businesses in the downtown area, marked with orange balloons at their doors, also will be giving out treats on Friday evening.
There will be a costume contest for all ages, including four-legged creatures in costume. Advanced registration for the costume contest will take place from 3 to 4:15 p.m. with judging beginning in the Willingham Theater at 4:30 p.m. There will be cash prizes, donated by the Yadkinville Downtown Business Association, for the winners in the categories of pre-k, kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, ninth through 12th grade, as well as adult and group costumes.
Advanced registration for the pet costume contest will begin at 4 p.m. with judging beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the outdoor stage of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center plaza. The pet costume contest is sponsored by Harmony Heights Animal Hospital.
The thrills and chills will continue on Saturday at the Willingham Theater with a free showing of the film “The Exorcist” at 1 p.m.
For additional information about the Halloween festivities or other upcoming events at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Council, visit www.yadkinarts.com or call 336-679-2941.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.