When it started in 2000, the first year Bastrop's Main Street was organized, one of the first planned community events on the Historic Town Square was the Witch Way to Main Street trick or treat event for children, which will be held again tomorrow around the Courthouse Square from 2-4 p.m.
The Halloween event has continually been a big draw, says Marc Vereen, director of Bastrop's Main Street.
It's not designed to promote retail for shop owners on the Square.
“It's to promote the image of Main Street,” he noted.
“We want children to remember years later going trick or treating for candy on the Town Square.”
More than 30 businesses – including some like churches not located on or off the Square – have signed on to deliver candy to an anticipated 1,000 ghosts, superheroes, cowboys and other imaginative, if not scary, costumed children ages up to 12 years old.
The event will include law enforcement to help direct traffic and firefighters will be on hand to ensure optimum safety.
Vereen encouraged children to attend in some kind of a costume.
Steve Perry, owner of Steve's Jewelry on East Madison, unloaded nearly 30 of the bulk-size candy boxes from his car yesterday in preparation for the event.
While he may be out of town and will miss the event, his employees will be ready for the event.
“It's just great. Any event that is good for kids – and also enables their parents to be comfortable with them participating is good.”
Perry noted that merchants coming together to host the October event is intervening to make sure a holiday tradition continues, despite the social ills of today.
“It's a shame that it's not always safe for children to go door to door and trick or treat like we did when we were young,” Perry said.