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REMINDER: Tonight celebrate Halloween downtown, 4:30 to 6 pm

The Darlington Area Recreation Department and the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) will offer children a downtown Trick-or-Treat experience from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, October 25, at the Public Square in Darlington. Employees of area businesses will be handing out treats to costumed children, and some will be dressed in costumes themselves.

“We want to make this one huge Halloween event for everyone in Darlington,” says Lisa Chalian-Rock, executive director of the DDRA.

Other locating booths on the courthouse grounds have included Darlington Police Department, Darlington Fire Department, Darlington Rescue Squad, Darlington County Library, First Baptist Church of Darlington, New Beginnings Church, Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, Fitness World Gyms, Temple Free Will Baptist Church, Free Will Baptist Church, Papa John’s Pizza, Housing Authority of Darlington, Mayor Gloria Hines, and Darlington County First Steps.

Scare.jpg“It’s exciting to see this event grow over the last three years. We have had such great response from all the businesses and from the community as a whole. From the courthouse, we just saw costumes streaming along the sidewalks there were so many kids.”

The free event provides a safe environment for children to trick-or-treat as well as giving businesses an opportunity to show their community support and open their doors to new potential customers.

Those participating will have a pumpkin on the door, and most are on the Public Square and one block out on Exchange, Pearl, and South Main Streets.

The Public Square will be closed to traffic beginning at 4 o’clock for the safety of the children.

The annual DDRA Business Costume Contest will be held during the Scare on the Square as well as on Wednesday, October 31. Businesses should call Rock at 843-398-4000 x 103 by October 30 to be included in the contest.

Regular trick-or-treat hours in the City will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 31.

For information, call 843-398-4000 x 103 or 843-398-4030. You also may email info@buildupdarlington.org.