Yadkinville is busy readying for its downtown Halloween celebration.
The Yadkin County Public Library, Yadkinville Downtown Business Association, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center and the town of Yadkinville are partnering to bring safe Halloween fun to children young and old in Yadkin County.
The event, called Halloween Downtown, consists of trick or treating at various businesses in downtown Yadkinville and a costume contest.
It will be held on Oct. 31 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The timing was selected to give parents and children a chance to attend their church’s trunk or treat event or go trick or treating themselves.
More than 32 businesses will be participating this year. Twenty of those participating are Downtown Business Association members.
The stores will open their doors to trick or treaters to stop by and get candy.
Wells Fargo, Whispers and Wings, the Yadkin County Public Library, Third Branch Cafe, Cain Tire, Moore Moxley Insurance and Frank Zachary Law Office, WN Ireland Insurance, Mackie’s Jewelry, Verizon, JH Travel, CMS, Salon 601, Blue Ridge Medical, Greg Matthews, Charles Scott, Edward Jones, SunTrust, the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce, Yadkinville Town Hall, JR’s and the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center are slated to join in the festivities.
Other businesses not located downtown also will be present, located in the Cultural Arts Center plaza.
Those include: Blue Skies, Curves, Gentry Family Funeral Services, Glass Studios, H&R Block, Sissy Carney Groce Agency/ Nationwide, Smart Start of Yadkin County, the Yadkin Arts Council and the Yadkin Valley Community Hospital.
The Yadkin County Public Library will be open but also will operate a tent in the plaza as its main attraction. Candy and information will be available at the booth outside.
More businesses are joining by the day and also will have their storefronts open Halloween day.
This is the second year for the event and participation is expected to be even higher.
Last year the coordinators expected 20 to 30 children to participate in the costume contest. Instead 150 to 175 showed up dressed to impress.
This year has seen some changes to the contest format to give every child a better chance of winning.
There will be six age groups to allow for faster and fairer judging. Children will be grouped by Pre-K, kindergarten to second grade, third grade to fifth grade, sixth grade to eighth, ninth through 12th grades, and an adult category.
Two judges will decide each age group.
First-place winners will receive a $20 cash prize and a trophy.
Smart Start of Yadkin County will provide goody bags for everyone so every child leaves with prizes.
Following the trick or treating, the arts council will feature its own adult costume contest. The event will be held at 7 p.m. and followed by a showing of the horror flick “Halloween.”
The arts center encourages parents not to bring children to the event as the movie is rated R.
Reach Taylor Pardue at 835-1513 ext. 15 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.