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Downtown Halloween Block Party
October 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Happy hauntings are set for Sunday, Oct. 31, when MainStreet Cleveland holds its 34th Annual Halloween Block Party.
The eerie evening, which will be packed with Halloween treats, entertainment and family fun, will take place from 3 to 9 p.m.
And with weather forecasts — so far — predicting a “boo-tiful” Halloween, trick or treaters will hopefully be assured a “ghoul” time. According to the Weather Channel, temperatures will reach a high of 66 degrees on Sunday afternoon, accompanied with sunny skies, followed by 47 degrees Halloween evening.
Halloween treats will be provided compliments of Mars Wrigley Confectionery.
In addition, several participating downtown businesses will be handing out candy during the Treat or Trick Stroll from 3 to 6 p.m.
Among the numerous activities planned, will be the Art is Here Partnership’s costume contest, which will start at 4 p.m. on the Fun Stage at the Post Office Annex.
The costume contest includes categories for all ages from infants to adults. Trophies and candy will be awarded for each winning category.
Costumes will be judged in age categories 0 to 4 years; 5 to 12 years; 13 to 17 years; and 18 and up.
Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland, said “thousands of area children are delighted to get a big grocery bag of candy” generously donated by Mars Wrigley.
Treat Street, which Marr described as the “highlight of the evening,” will kick-off at 5 p.m on Church Street in front of the Police Services Center.
The Block Party venue includes Church Street, Ocoee Street, Broad Street and First and Second streets.
Marr said great music is one of the many reasons the event is so popular, and “this year’s musical lineup delivers.”
At 5 p.m. local band Bad Tattoo takes the Courthouse stage.
“This versatile group plays all your favorites with upbeat rhythms and powerful vocals,” Marr said.
The Dexter Thomas Band headlines the event at 7 p.m. with a two-hour concert.
Marr said the band performs Motown, soul and funk classics along with hits of today.
“The group has been wowing audiences in the region area for over 20 years,” she said.
Matt Coleman, president of MainStreet Cleveland’s board of directors, said the
Halloween Block Party “is a great downtown tradition spanning three decades.”
“We are excited about this year’s event lineup,” he said.
In addition to sweet treats, festival vendors will be offering barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes, treats for the kids, games and much more.
Marr said area businesses and nonprofit groups are invited to participate and limited vendor space remains available.
She said, it “takes many dedicated volunteers to put together an event of this magnitude.”
“We are very fortunate to have the support of so many community-minded businesses,” Marr said. “Thank you to our sponsors who make it possible year after year.”
For more information on the free family event, contact Mainstreet Cleveland at 479-1000 or visit their website at mainstreetcleveland.com or on Facebook at Mainstreet Cleveland.