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Scare on the Square

NEW FOR 2022: Business Decorating Contest!

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Examples from other towns. See more examples here.

Top three receive cash prizes!
VOTE HERE starting Monday, Oct. 24!

  • Get creative! Use scarecrows, pumpkins, or other items to celebrate the fall season. Incorporate a theme or your business for a better chance at the top prize. The display can be outside the business or inside the windows, but it MUST be visible from the street, i.e. without entering the shop.
  • Promote on social media with the following hashtags throughout the month of October - #ddraSC #ScareontheSquare #ShopDarlington
  • Any business or storefront can participate. You don't have to be a DDRA member. (Though we would love to have you!)
  • Encourage patrons to vote online and in person! Voting opens Monday, October 24, and closes Friday, October 28. LINK TO THE SURVEY/VOTING WILL BE HERE.
  • Awards will be presented on Monday, October 31, 2022.



The Annual Scare on the Square will return on the Friday before Halloween! Friday, October 28, 2022!

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 6:30 p.m. 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.

Beyond the door-to-door trick-or-treating, booths will line the courthouse grounds for any business, church, or civic club that would like to participate. There will be vendors too.  

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.

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


If a church, civic club, or business wants to participate, call 843-992-1561 or 843-398-4030. You also may email info@buildupdarlington.org or rock@cityofdarlington.com.

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Trick-or-treat in the City of Darlington will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.