Trick or treaters converge on downtown Elizabethton today

John Thompson • Oct 30, 2018 at 8:05 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Downtown Elizabethton will turn into a ghost town Wednesday afternoon. It will also be a haven for monsters, princesses and super heroes.

Its the annual Downtown Elizabethton Trick or Treat, which will get started around 3 p.m. and will last until 4:30. This traditional Halloween event had its start with downtown merchants handing out trick or treat candy to their youngest customers on Halloween for an hour or so before they closed their stores.

The event became popular not only with children but with their parents. It is now organized by the Downtown Business Association. The Elizabeethton Parks and Recreation Department and the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library help make it a special event for children and grown ups. The tradition of merchants handing out candy continues.

Kelly Kitchens, Parks and Recreation Department programming and special events coordinator, said her group will once again set up on Armed Forces Drive. “We will have a costume judging contest at 4 p.m.,” Kitchens said. She said the street will also provide space for free inflatable rides, free balloon animals, live music and a DJ (Wayne Kelly).

The library will announce the winner of its pumpkin painting contest during the event and many streets will be closed while it is in progress.

East Elk Avenue from Elm Street to Riverside Drive will be closed from 2:30-5 p.m. East F Street will be closed. Sycamore Street will be open through downtown. Other closures are Armed Forces Drive from East E Street to the alleyway between East Elk and East F from 2-6 p.m. in order to set up and tear down the inflatables and other items.

Nearby, South Lynn Avenue in front of First Baptist Church, between East G St. and East F St., will be closed from 2:30-6 p.m. so children can safely cross the street between the downtown event and the activities at the church.

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