Carrollton to Host Ghost Town Event on the Square – If You Dare!
Get in the spirit a week ahead of the event with a mobile scavenger hunt on the Scavify Adventure app and a virtual costume contest on Facebook. Drive the kids through a trunk-or-treat for some candy and stay for a movie. Seating begins at 6:15 p.m. on a safely-distanced first-come, first-served basis.
To keep things fun and safe this year for the event, local businesses and City departments are sponsoring a drive-through trunk-or-treat on South Elm Street until the candy runs out. Drivers will need to take Broadway and go west on 2nd Avenue then south on Elm Street to drive through the line and receive a variety of treats, including a craft to go and a mini pumpkin. All participants passing out candy will be wearing gloves and masks.
FREE HALLOWEEN MOVIE
Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for a free showing at 7:15 p.m. (sunset) of the fantasy animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), PG. The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king. Bring the whole family and find out if his plot to kidnap Santa Claus and take over Christmas is successful. Seating begins at 6:15 p.m. Socially-distanced areas marked on the lawn area will comfortably fit a family of four to five people and are extremely limited in order to meet distancing guidelines.
SPOOKY-THEMED SCAVENGER HUNT
Don’t wait for the night of the event to have some Halloween fun. Beginning Saturday, October 17 through Saturday, October 24, download the Scavify app for iOS or Android devices and grab the whole family for a spooky-themed scavenger hunt. Travel through Downtown Carrollton following clues to complete the adventure and claim your prize on the night of the event. Show the completed hunt on your mobile device when you drive through the trunk-or-treat to pick up the prize or stop by the Carrollton table before 9 p.m. during the movie portion of the event.
VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN CONTEST
Halloween is a spooktacular time for families and neighborhoods to show off their best costumes. Beginning Saturday, October 17 through Friday, October 23, submit a photo of yourself in your best costume at form.jotform.com/202677119815157. Photos will be placed on Carrollton’s @historicdowntowncarrollton Facebook page on October 24 for residents to vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced on Facebook and notified via email the following week to claim their prize. Note: The link will not be active until October 17.
PERRY PUMPKIN PATCH
Not ready for Downtown fun yet? Come to the A.W. Perry Museum (1509 N. Perry Road) for a socially distanced photo op in the Perry Pumpkin Patch Saturday, October 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow and space is limited. There will not be any contests or activities, but kids can pick up a gift bag to go including a mini pumpkin and a craft to take home to complete.
Due to COVID-19 limitations, Carrollton Public Library’s popular Books for Treats and Library Fall Festival have been cancelled as well as the Carrollton Police Officer’s Association Mother/Son Monster Mash.
While the City of Carrollton does not schedule or regulate Halloween activities for neighborhoods, residents are reminded to follow the State’s guidelines regarding gathering sizes, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Governor Abbott said, “Large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of group gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe.”
The City encourages everyone to consider safety when planning Halloween fun. If you plan on trick-or-treating, plan a costume that has a fun mask, practice social distancing, and make sure you wash your hands frequently.
If you plan on handing out candy, consider having a bowl six feet from your doorstep so that kids can socially distance while grabbing their treats.
For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.