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Halloween celebration expands into Treat Street Carnival

Downtown Hendersonville’s popular Trick or Treat Street is getting bigger and more diverse.


A new partnership of the city of Hendersonville Downtown Program, the Henderson County Parks & Recreation Department and Hola Community Arts has led to the formation of an expanded experience for visitors to downtown on Halloween. The new event, the Treat Street Carnival, will include fan favorites like the costume contest with a new pet category and Sid the Surf’s DJ party. It's expanded to feature a variety of kid friendly inflatables, a Halloween themed outdoor movie and performances in the spirit of Día de Los Muertos. The event is also ramping up the comfort level for parents by closing Main Street to vehicular traffic between Sixth Avenue and Allen Street during the event.

In addition to supporting downtown’s efforts to bring this fun activity to the district, Ingles Markets is delivering on the very popular Candy Drop, a donation of more than 300 pounds of candy to the merchants along Main Street who hand out a tremendous volume of treats over the course of the evening. For Downtown Merchants, the Candy Drop will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the second-floor conference room of City Hall. Please bring your business card in exchange for candy. Supply is limited.

The main event itself, Trick or Treating with downtown merchants, kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Also featured are the Monster Mash DJ party and the annual Halloween costume contest. Costume contest registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and contest judging is at 6 p.m. starting with the pet contest. Age categories are infants to 3 years old, 4-7, 8-11, 12-15, 16-plus and family/group contestants.

Trick or Treating takes place along Main Street from Allen to Sixth Avenue, while the costume contest and Monster Mash are located at the Historic Courthouse Plaza. Inflatables will be located in the 200 and 300 block while the movie screen is being set up in the 300 block near the French Broad restaurant. Hola Community Arts will be in the 100 block between Allen and First Avenue.

For more information visit, email or call 828-233-3205.