Downtown's spookiest annual event, Zaxby's Scare on the Square, is set for Saturday, featuring free activities including hayrides throughout the night, costume contests for all ages, a haunted house, trunk-or-treating and interactive activities known as "the Pumpkin Patch" on the courthouse lawn, sponsored by Dr. Troy Lawhorn.
Also, under the direction of Georgia Southern professor Dr. Brent Wolfe, students will coordinate games and activities for all members of the community. The event is set for 4:30-9 p.m. in downtown Statesboro.
This year's "American Horror Story" inspired haunted house, created and performed by the students, is an experience tailored to a more mature audience. The haunted house will be located at the Old Norris Hotel from 6-11 p.m. Additionally, the students will be running a "UFO, Area 51" themed haunted hayride for all ages, located on the corner of Siebald and Courtland streets.
"Being a part of Scare on the Square really helps students understand how to lead and develop a program, as well as the importance of providing service to the community they are a part of," Wolfe said. "This experience truly embraces and fosters the 'town/gown' relationship, and we are very privileged to be a part of it."
There will be costume contest at 4:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall for the chance to win prizes. The contest is broken into five age categories: infant-3 at
5 p.m., 4-8 at 5:50 p.m., 9-12 at 6:25 p.m., 13-17 at 7 p.m., and 18 and older at 7:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 4 p.m. Participants must register 30 minutes before their age group's contest.
Also take a stroll down East Main Street, where participating businesses reach out to the community by decorating vehicles and allowing trunk-or-treaters to get lots of candy.
In addition, the annual "Thriller" street dance parade, always a crowd favorite, will be performed.
And the Averitt Center will host the Ghost Tours by Lantern Light on Saturday at 7 p.m.