Second-annual ‘Scott Street Scare’ in planning stages

With Halloween less than two months away, Sandra McNay of Masquerade Costume Rentals here is on the planning bandwagon for the second-annual “Scott Street Scare.”
The event was a big hit last year, attracting 475 costumed youngsters to the 100-400 blocks of Scott Street to trick-or-treat at participating stores early Halloween evening.
McNay, who said the “Scott St. Scare” is a safer alternative to door to door trick-or-treating, is focusing on getting more merchants involved. Less than half of the some 70 downtown businesses participated last year.
McNay said candy would be supplied to those stores willing to stay open until 7 p.m. to accommodate the kids.
“All the candy will be provided for [participating stores] but I will be asking for cash donations to help buy candy so we don’t run out,” she noted.
McNay also is extending an invitation to local homeowners to get in on the fun and donate their Halloween candy to downtown retailers. In turn, she will supply participating residents with posters directing kids to the “Scott Street Scare” for their treat.
McNay even will arrange to pick up the candy residents wish to donate if they can’t take it downtown themselves.
“One of the big things this year is for people to know that they can donate their candy to the ‘Scott St. Scare,’” she stressed, noting the idea probably would go over well with elderly residents who then wouldn’t have to open their door to strangers Halloween night.
“I think it would make things a whole lot safer,” she remarked.
McNay also is on the lookout for 10-12 volunteers who would be willing to monitor the downtown intersections during the “Scott Street Scare.”
Costumes and special ID badges would be provided to them.
“I can’t get the downtown closed off for the [event] so I’d like to have volunteers on each corner to help kids across the street,” she said.
“[Masquerade] costumes will be provided at no charge to those volunteers, and they will wear identification that shows they are safe people for kids to approach [for help],” she added.
Anyone wanting more information on the “Scott Street Scare” can contact McNay at 274-2879.