Boys and girls of every age wouldn’t like to be something strange; come with us and you can be anything you want this Halloween. This is Boo Review time in Duncan and all the goblins, ghosts, princesses and zombies are ready to hit Main Street Duncan (MSD).
Destiny Ahlfenger, Executive Director of MSD, said Boo Review is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 19th.
“It is normally the Saturday before Halloween but since the National Swine Registry (NSR) moved up from November to Oct. 26 we elected to move up Boo Review so we can promote our downtown businesses at the swine show,” she said.
Ahlfenger said MSD hosts many events in the community and this is no different.
“Main Street hosts different events throughout the year — most people know us for our events and all to often that is fundraising but we do a lot of ‘quality of life’ events like the Christmas Parade and Boo Review,” she said. “The merchants will line the sidewalks and pass out candy to all the trick-or-treaters and we’ll also pass out treats as well. We participate in the ‘Teal Pumpkin Project’ and that’s for the kiddoes who have allergies so they get pencils and stickers and other snacks.”
The costume contest is at the Palace Theater parking lot under the crapemyrtle mural starting at noon, registration is from 11 a.m. to noon. There are categories based on age and then a group award.
“The amount of creativity these kids come up with and their parents is superb,” she said. “Families then can go to the 800 block of Walnut where the Freedom Biker Church is and have fun at their carnival. They will have face painting and bounce houses and they usually show a movie.”
Something the community can do to help out is donate candy and the other treats for the allergy-free options. Ahlfenger said it’s a huge help as they regularly get almost 2,500 trick-or-treaters. Candy donations can be dropped off at the Main Street Duncan office, 828B W. Main St.
As for MSD, Boo Review is more than just an event.
“What we are getting out of the event is a happy community,” she said. “Communities need to have quality of life events for our kids, it provides culture, it provides fun and entertainment. We don’t charge anyone to set up on the sidewalks to pass out candy to the kids, they don’t have to be a member of Main Street or even a business downtown.”