Downtown Elizabethton will kick off an early Halloween

John Thompson • Oct 29, 2019 at 7:25 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Once again, downtown Elizabethton will be the early place to go for trick or treating in Carter County. By early, we mean the event takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

If the weatherman’s prediction doesn’t dampen the spirits and goblins too much, the downtown merchants will be set up on the sidewalks in front of their stores, handing out candy and other treats to costumed youngsters. Even in moderate rain, the downtown canopy does help keep the rains from some of the sidewalks.

The trick or treating is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, with the cooperation of the new Main Street program. The tradition of “Boo on the Block” aldo will continue, sponsored by the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department, assisted by the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library. That will include a lot of traditional Halloween events such as a contest for the best costumes and another contest for the best screams.

Boo on the Block also will include free rides on inflatables that will be set up on 
Armed Forces Drive. The intersection of East Elk Avenue and Armed Forces Drive will be where the best costume and best scream contest will be held and it will be where the Boo on the Block DJ will be playing the tunes of the season, such as “Monster Mash,, “Purple People Eater” and other spooktacular songs. With the library involved, there will also be book giveaways.

Ashlee Williams, the library’s children’s librarian, said the early start time is intended with the children and parents in mind. “It will allow them to collect their bag of candy before it gets dark,” Williams said.

It is also a convenient way of trick or treating, with a chance to fill a bag with candy and other goodies while merely strolling down the sidewalk, instead of going to all the houses in a large neighborhood taking up many streets.