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Scare on the Square returns Saturday
Annual Halloween event to take over downtown Boro
Scare Square file
In this photo from 2012, trick or treaters file past the Bulloch County Courthouse during the annual Scare on the Square event. The 2017 Scare on the Square is set for Saturday.

The event now known as Zaxby’s Scare on the Square in recognition of a major sponsor will haunt and enliven Bulloch County’s Courthouse Square and the surrounding area from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Most activities, except for the haunted house, wrap up around 8:30.

Admission is free. The evening-long fall celebration organized by the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority will also feature a costume contest for all ages, a safari-themed hayride, a train ride, trunk-or-treating and more.

Businesses, professionals and Georgia Southern University students pitch in to provide diverse Halloween entertainment. Dr. Troy Lawhorn of Statesboro Oral Surgery hosts interactive activities in an area known as the Pumpkin Patch on the courthouse lawn. GS recreation and tourism management Professor Brent Wolfe, Ph.D., and his students are also organizing games and activities. Many of these are designed to appeal to children.


Haunted house

However, this year’s haunted house, with an insane-asylum theme, is “a fearsome experience created for a more mature audience,” the DSDA announced in its Scare on the Square news release. Really, this attraction is for teenagers but not young children, explained DSDA Executive Director Allen Muldrew.   

Again located in the old Norris Hotel, the haunted house will operate from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., organized and performed by Georgia Southern students.


Costume contest

But the whole family can dress up for the costume contest, with registration beginning at 4 p.m. on the steps of Statesboro City Hall.

Participants must sign up 30 minutes before their age-group show begins. There are five age categories, judged at different times: the infants through age 3 group beginning at 5 p.m.; ages 4-8 at 5:50; ages 9-12 at 6:25; ages 13-17 at 7 p.m.; and ages 18 and up at 7:30.



Local businesses decorate vehicles and line up along East Main Street to pass out candy to trunk-or-treaters. More than 20 businesses have signed up to participate, Muldrew said.


Dance parade

The “Thriller” Street Dance Parade, a crowd favorite for several years, frequently lurches like an apocalypse of choreographed zombies, and occasionally breaks into a moonwalk, usually around 8:30 p.m. It’s officially open to everyone. Practices have been taking place Monday and Saturday nights at the Statesboro STEAM charter school.

For more information about Scare on the Square or signing for particular activities, contact the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority at (912) 764-7227 or visit


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