Schedule of Events
5:30 p.m. — Scare on the Square Begins
Hayrides and Haunted House Open
(check in 30 min before each contest).
6:00 p.m. — Children and Teens 0-17 yrs
7:30 p.m. — Pets of all shapes and sizes
7:30 p.m. — Scarecrow, Trunk or Treat Winners Announced
8:00 p.m. — Adults 18 years and up
8:00 p.m. — Street Dance East Main St.
9:00 p.m. — Thriller Dance
Ghosts, zombies and other creatures that go bump in the night will do their bumping in downtown Statesboro Saturday.
The Downtown Development Authority, in partnership with Georgia Southern University, will play host to its annual "Scare on the Square" event on and around the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn throughout the night.
The Halloween-inspired night of events begins at 5:30 p.m. and offer free fun for all ages, according to Allen Muldrew, Authority director.
“This year’s event is bigger and better than ever,” Muldrew said. “This is our third year. We have added a haunted house, a haunted hayride and plenty of kids’ activities.”
“We are taking it up a notch this year,” he said. “It is going to be really creepy in some areas, but very kid and family friendly in others.”
According to Muldrew, the event’s highlights – the haunted hayrides and haunted house – open at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. The haunted house will be located in a warehouse behind Georgia Southern’s City Campus and Statesboro City Hall. Hayrides will load-up on Courtland Street, behind the courthouse.
Games and activities specifically for children can be found on the courthouse lawn.
“All of these events are really creative and should be a lot of fun,” said Muldrew.
The night will culminate with the annual “Thriller” street dance and parade along East Main Street. Hundreds of zombified men, women and children will take to the street to perform the dance made famous by the Michael Jackson “Thriller” music video.
To be eligible to participate in the parade, people must attend a final rehearsal at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Sea Island Bank downtown parking lot.
Other Scare on the Square activities will include a costume contest for pets, kids and adults, a scarecrow contest, and trunk-or-treat event (in which vehicles will be decorated), said Muldrew.
Individuals are encouraged to participate in, and vote for each of the contests.
“We will also have over 20 vendors with a host of food, arts and crafts and activities,” he said.
In preparation of the event, East Main Street and some adjacent routes will be closed Saturday afternoon prior to the kick-off of festivities.
Parking for Scare on the Square will be allowed in a lot on East Main Street, across the street from City Hall, and in a lot behind Sea Island Bank.
Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454