Vinton continues downtown trick-or-treating tradition
VINTON–For over 25 years, merchants in Vinton have invited children up to 12 years of age to trick or treat in the safe streets of the downtown area. Portions of Lee, Jackson, and Walnut Avenues and Pollard Street are blocked off while youngsters visit stores to collect candy.
Some merchants and churches from the corridor areas of Vinton also set up booths and tables on the streets so they can participate in the event.
Local businesses and Town Staff in the Municipal Building decorate and dress in costume. Faith’s Hair Studio and the Town’s Finance Department prepare small, child-friendly “haunted houses” in their facilities for children to visit.
In past years, from 1600 to 1800 trick-or-treaters have taken part in the event which gives children a safe place to trick or treat, and gives downtown businesses exposure.
“Businesses are delighted to have citizens and visitors come and see what they have to offer,” said Mary Beth Layman, Director of Special Programs for the Town of Vinton. The Town co-sponsors the event with the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s “Trick or Treat in Downtown Vinton” is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, October 31, from 2:30 until 4:45 p.m. Over 35 businesses will be providing the treats.
Children are encouraged to dress in costume and to bring a container to collect candy.
More information is available by calling the Town of Vinton at 983-0613 or the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce at 343-1364 or online at www.vintonva.gov.
“Please come out and join the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce at the annual Halloween Trick or Treat festivities,” said Sabrina Weeks, president of the Chamber. “I hope that everyone has a ‘fang-tastic’ time. See you there!”