Scare on the Square to have costume contest, pet parade Friday


Rob Le Cates

Charleston and local residents can partake in Halloween festivities at the Scare on the Square event at the Charleston Square Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Adriana Hernandez-Santana, Feature Junior Editor

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Scare on the Square on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This free Halloween event is designed for the families of Charleston to come out to the town square, spend some time together and go trick-or-treating.

The “trunk of treat” idea has grown a bit. Now, exhibitors are offering a parking space around the courthouse to decorate. 

While car trunks are still allowed, promoters are also welcome to set up a table display, or even use a tent to create a spooky atmosphere. Everyone is encouraged to decorate their displays to show-off their style.

While all the local businesses and organizations are going to be present in decorating their parking spots and handing out candy, more people are always welcome. 

For those who have a business they would like to promote and meet your community on Friday, contact the Charleston Chamber of Commerce to become an exhibitor for this year’s event. 

To contact the Chamber, send them an email at [email protected] or call at 217-345-7041.

And for everyone who is worried about their furry friend missing out, there is a canine costume parade followed by a costume contest. 

There will be separate contests for big and small dog breeds. 

The winners will receive a prize at the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. 

The registration fee is $5, and all proceeds will go to the Coles County Animal Shelter, Charleston Area Dog Club and shop local promotional materials. 

In addition to the pet costume contest and Halloween display, the Charleston Square will also be offering an outdoor movie at 7:15 p.m. 

It will take place on the corner of 6th St. and Jackson Ave. 

Everyone is invited to bring some lawn chairs, pillows and blankets as the square offers a showing of the movie Hocus Pocus. 


Adriana Hernandez-Santana can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].