1. Main Street Batesville Announces Halloween Plans
Batesville, AR, September 4, 2020 — The popularity of Main Street Batesville’s Fun & Safe Halloween trick-or-treat event will make it difficult to hold this October, according to the Main Street Batesville (MSB) organization and downtown merchants.
Mandi Curtwright, executive director of MSB, said there is not a method to manage the large crowds who have attended the event in the past. “Not being able to ensure measures like social distancing among participants was key to our decision.”
Last year, Fun & Safe Halloween drew 3,000 people in the two hours it was held within Batesville’s historic district.
Curtwright added “the downtown merchants are developing ways families can still enjoy Halloween in a safe environment.”
In lieu of downtown trick-or-treating, there will be activities such as a scavenger hunt, treat and activity bags to-go, and an online costume contest from October 26-31. The River Haunt, a haunted house fundraiser for Main Street Batesville, has received operating approval from Arkansas Department of Health. The River Haunt will open on October 3 at 7 p.m. at 570 Stadium Drive in Batesville. Admission will be $10.
A full schedule of events and activities will be announced October 1online at www.mainstreetbatesville.org