One of Butts County’s longest-running and biggest Halloween events happens last Saturday in October, the Halloween on Second Street trick-or-treat event organized by the Butts County Chamber of Commerce.
For nearly 20 years, according to Butts County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melinda McLarnon, Halloween on Second Street has given sugar-seeking, costume-wearing kids a safe place to show off their outfits and pick up Halloween candy.
McLarnon said a similar event was successful in her previous home state of Arkansas. “We decided we would just start trying to see if it would work here,” she said.
“And the thing that I love the most is it’s not children trick-or-treating by themselves,” McLarnon said, adding most children tend to be accompanied by one or more parents or guardians, making Halloween on Second Street a fun outing for the whole family.
The event is held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, on Mulberry Street from Third to Second street and along Second Street. McLarnon said trick-or-treaters will begin lining up on the corner of Third and Mulberry streets, near the Verizon Wireless store, and make their way north on Mulberry and up and down Second Street.
The Chamber of Commerce seeks donations from local businesses, civic groups and other community members wishing to participate, to cover the cost of candy to distribute. Only groups or businesses that have registered with the chamber in advance will distribute candy, and the chamber is encouraging all such groups to set up a booth.
Donations of sealed candy for the event are also accepted at the Butts County Chamber of Commerce office at 625 W. Third Street, Suite 5, Jackson. Piggly Wiggly, Dollar General and CVS accept candy donations for the event.