Head Downtown Oct. 31 from 5 to 6 p.m. for the annual Downtown Halloween Safe Trick-or-Treat. Downtown businesses get into the spirit of the season by welcoming hundreds of costumed children with treats, stickers, coupons or other Halloween goodies. With many locations to choose from, the event provides a fun and safe environment for children in the community. Children can bring their own goodie bag or the Tifton – Tift County Main Street Program, Tifton Police Academy and Tifton Police Department will provide a goodie bag to fill at participating businesses. Goodie bags and maps can be picked up at the informational table which will be located near Tifton Gardens and La Cabana Mexican Restaurant. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
"The event has been planned with safety in mind," said Lequrica Gaskins, Economic Development director. "Downtown businesses, merchants and the city of Tifton Police Department have joined the Tifton – Tift County Main Street Program in their efforts of hosting a safe festive event."
Downtown participating business locations include Hollis’ Barber Shop, La Cabana Mexican Restaurant, Cakes by Audrey, Southern Bodies A & A Fitness, Central Jeweler, Southern Financial Services Inc., Credit Bureau, Southern Pickers Antiques & More, Tift Eye Care, Second Plus, Hair Addictions Salon, Walls of Books, World Finance Corporation, Railway Freight Home Furniture, The Computer Doctor, Western Auto, The Hair Doctor and The Big Store.
Children 12 and under who are dressed in their favorite costumes are sure to have an exciting time filling up their treat bags in this year’s event which will be complemented by live entertainment, to be held on the Tifton Gardens Stage.
“Aimless,” a local band will be on hand during the evening. Joy Johnson, a 16-year-old home schooled student, is the lead singer of the band, and is a self-taught guitar player. The band has performed for the Downtown Farmer's Market, Georgia National Fair and Concert in the Park. Upcoming performances include the Daniel Shippey Photography's Acoustic Show Oct. 26 and on Nov. 9, at the All That Glitters Fall Affair.
After the event is complete, participants are encouraged to enjoy dinner at their favorite downtown restaurant. Don’t forget to check out the businesses which have decorated their windows. There may be a great holiday gift that might get your attention.
Other participants include Letty’s Boutique, Helping Hand Outreach Center ,Tifton’s Drug LLC, Jenny’s Fashion & Beauty, Bancorp Finance Inc., Veroni’s Italian Restaurant, J & J Weight Room, Tiftarea Driver’s Improvement Clinic, Sha La Pooche, Colonial Finance Company, The Bridal & Gift Gallery, Indulgence Boutique, Roberts & Co. Jewelers, Tifton-Tift County Public Library, Vercie’s Ground Floral, Kunes Real Estate & Appraisals Inc., Lon P. Kemeness Attorney at Law, The Tifton Gazette and To The Moon.
Downtown Halloween Safe Trick-or-Treat is sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and The Tifton-Tift County Main Street Program and is free for the community. For more information, call 229-391-3966.