There will be no Tiny Tots Halloween Parade this year, but the Downtown Huntsville BIA has created an alternative to the popular annual event to ensure the littlest trick-or-treaters still get to show off their costumes this Halloween.
The BIA is also running a photo contest which offers anyone visiting downtown Huntsville the chance to win a $150 gift card to any downtown shop.
Downtown merchants will be decorating pumpkins to put both outside and inside their stores.
On, Saturday, October 31, head downtown and take a photo either with or of some pumpkins, upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #DTHuntPumpkinPopUp, and make sure you’re following @DowntownHuntsville and you will be entered to win. The contest closes November 2, 2020 at 5 p.m.
In addition to the contest, the BIA is encouraging kids and adults to dress up and browse the shops downtown on Halloween.
The stores downtown will have candy at their tills so kids can still experience some trick-or-treat fun, but without an official parade merchants will be able to control how many people come in and out of their shops at once.
“All of downtown is really sad about not having the parade,” said Morgan Richter, manager of the BIA, adding that COVID-19 restrictions don’t permit an event that large. “It’s one of our favourite events of the year. That’s why we still wanted to encourage people to come in their costumes, just with modifications.”
Typically more than 200 kids come to the event each Halloween and there was no safe way to regulate that number of participants during the pandemic.
“The Tiny Tots Parade has been a downtown staple for 10 years and the downtown merchants really enjoy it,” said Richter. “It brings us all so much joy so we’re hoping that this event can still bring some Halloween fun to our town this year.”
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