TROY — The spirit of Halloween is set to spread throughout the downtown district this weekend, as annual events Hometown Halloween and Boo Bash prepare to return this Saturday.
Hometown Halloween, co-sponsored by Troy Noon Optimist Club and Troy Main Street, will kick off with a children’s parade, which will form starting at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Hobart Center for County Government. Costumes are encouraged for all young participants, with judging to take place in the lot as children line up by age group for the parade.
The parade will commence at 9:30 a.m., and will proceed to Prouty Plaza (Public Square) by traveling south on Monroe Street and east on West Main Street toward the square. Awards will be handed out by age group in Prouty Plaza following the parade.
Following the costume judging, various local merchants throughout the downtown district will host a “trick-or-treat” from 10:30 a.m. to noon, handing out candy/treats and hosting activities to participating children.
According to event organizers, Hometown Halloween will also offer special guest’s unique to this year’s festivities.
“This year, we are thrilled to add a live band to Hometown Halloween,” said Nicole Loy, executive director of Troy Main Street. “The Wayne Alumni Band will be dressed in costume and play some favorite Halloween tunes including ‘Thriller’ and ‘Ghostbusters.’ In addition to the band, I’ve heard we may have a visit from the Sanderson Sisters of the movie ‘Hocus Pocus.’ It’s going to be spellbinding.”
The Troy Noon Optimist Club has advised there is not a rain location for this event.
The northwest quadrant will be closed from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for the costume judging and other activities.
In addition to Hometown Halloween, the fourth annual Boo Bash will be hosted at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center from 1-4 p.m.
The event, which is free to the public and open to guests of all ages, will allow kids to indulge in games and activities throughout the center’s three floors, interacting with volunteers in costumes and collecting goodies and souvenirs along the way. Light refreshments will be provided.
According to Leona Sargent, exhibit coordinator at the center, Boo Bash has now become an event that Hayner’s regular guests anticipate each fall season.
“The community has been very receptive, and they now anticipate the Boo Bash,” Sargent said. “We have had several hundred in attendance each year.”
This year’s Boo Bash carries the theme, “Superhero Edition,” a move made by Hayner staff and volunteers to keep the event fresh and distinctive from previous years.
“That theme is the brainchild of one of the Boo Bash committee members,” Sargent said. “Superheroes are very popular right now, and so what we’re doing is a superhero school and training camp. Most of our activities will be geared toward that.”
Superhero activities will include games, arts and crafts, and a full obstacle course in the center’s third-floor ballroom.
“The course will include hoops, balance beams, a wall that superheroes will have to knock over, and a punching bag,” Sargent said. “We’ll also have a villain and his minion lurking throughout Hayner during the Boo Bash. If kids identify him, they’ll be able to collect a special prize from him.”
A photo backdrop will be on site, which will allow kids to lay down upon and pose like they’re flying through a cityscape. Family will be welcome to take photos.
The Boo Bash Players, which consist of several of the event’s committee members, will also be on hand with a special lesson for children.
The Players will be guiding kids through a story about superheroes,” Sargent said. “I can’t give away a lot about what the Players will do, but they’re telling a story that will be describing our obstacle course in a very entertaining way.”
For more information on Hometown Halloween, visit www.troymainstreet.org.
For more information on Boo Bash, visit www.troyhayner.org.