Hundreds fill downtown Jonesborough for Haunts and Happenings

Zach Vance • Oct 28, 2018 at 12:32 AM

The trick-or-treaters were out early as hundreds filled Main Street in downtown Jonesborough Saturday for the Haunts and Happenings event.

“We have so much community support from the organizations and businesses that come down, enjoy participating and handing out candy,” Melinda Copp, events coordinator for the Town of Jonesborough, said.

“We just appreciate everyone’s support of this event. Food City and BrightRidge have been huge partners with us on this, along with a lot of the businesses and organizations in Jonesborough.”

The full-day event commenced at 10 a.m. with the 10th annual Haunted Half Marathon, named by Runners World as one of the Top 20 Perfect Half Marathons and Top 10 Awesome Race Shirts. The town also hosted two other race events, the Boo to Brew relay and the Monster Mile Saturday morning. 

The Halloween Haunts and Happenings event, hosted by Jonesborough for more than 40 years, started at 4 p.m. with the Spooky Pooch Palooza, a costume contest for dogs. The event lasted until 8 p.m. as ghouls, goblins and ghosts filled the streets in search of candy. 

“We’ve had all kinds of different events and activities. We’ve had trick-or-treating going on, along with games and activities. We’ve got cotton candy, popcorn and witches brew. We’ve got a children’s barnyard train ride,” Copp said. 

A new event introduced this year for children 10 years and older was the Flashlight Haunted Egg Hunt in Mill Spring Park. Trick-or-treaters equipped flashlights went on the search for more than 1,000 Halloween-themed black and orange eggs filled with candy. 

“That was something we thought would be fun to add. It’s a new thing for older children because there’s not a whole lot of activities for the older age group,” Copp said. 

Food City sponsored the annual costume contest on the main stage in front of the old Jonesborough Courthouse. Prizes and gift certificates were awarded to first, second and third place in three different age groups: 4-6, 7-9, 10-17, 18 and up and group category. 

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