TROY — On Saturday, October 24 Main Street will be flooded with little ghouls, superheroes, and princesses. Come for a morning of happy haunting as Hometown Halloween returns to Troy.
Beginning at 9 a.m., children will line up at the Hobart Government Center to participate in the annual Halloween Parade, costume judging, and downtown merchant trick-or-treat. Event sponsor, MAK Dental Group, will host a new game and entertainment area for the little goblins in the NW Quadrant next to La Piazza.
At approximately 9:15 a.m., the Troy Noon Optimists will lead the parade down W. Main Street to Prouty Plaza, where the costume judging will take place immediately following. Optimist members and several employees of MAK Dental will be among the judges of the costumes.
From 10:30 a.m. – noon downtown businesses will be handing out treats to costumed children accompanied by an adult. Maps identifying the participating businesses will be distributed at Prouty Plaza beginning at 10:15 a.m., and each merchant will have an event decal in the window of their store.
Immediately following trick or treating, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, located at 301 W. Main Street, will host The Boo Bash from noon – 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. There will be activities for the whole family including pumpkin decorating, making hand puppets, a games area, face painting, Monster Mash dance hall, slightly haunted Hayner Rooms and a Harry Potter Maze. Lucky the Clown and his balloon animals will also be at the Boo Bash. The afternoon will include two performances of the children’s story “The Princess and the Goblin” by Zoot Puppet Theatre at 2 and 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Downtown Troy’s Hometown Halloween is presented by Troy Main Street, Inc. and the Troy Noon Optimists, and is sponsored by MAK Dental Group and Alvetro Orthodontics. Children ages newborn to 6th grade are invited to participate.