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Concord Halloween Howl

Where: N. Main Street, Concord
When: Friday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Visit: intownconcord.org, call 226-2150 or email info@intownconcord.org




Tricks and treats in the Capital City
New and old fun at Concord’s annual Halloween Howl

10/26/17
By Ethan Hogan



 There’s no wrong way to trick-or-treat, so long as you come home with a bag full of candy and a story to tell. Concord’s annual Halloween Howl should deliver on both fronts with businesses giving out candy downtown and local organizations setting up activities on city plaza.

On Friday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., N. Main Street in Concord will be closed so families can safely walk from business to business and collect candy. Businesses decorate their shops with Halloween themed displays and host family friendly activities.
Kate Fleming, the events and outreach coordinator at Intown Concord, is helping organize the event for the first time this year. Last year’s Halloween Howl was her first day on the job.
She said this year’s event will include games at the city plaza, like potato sack races and a doughnut eating competition.
“Concord Parks and Rec is going to have an activity center on city plaza and something like 10,000 doughnuts. ... You don’t need to pre-sign up — anybody can come by [and participate]. That’s why we have so many doughnuts ” said Fleming.
A jack-o’-lantern carving competition is new this year. Fleming said anyone can drop off their carved pumpkins at the plaza and a panel of judges will pick three winners. 
The YMCA is bringing a Haunted Bus, which will be a not-so-scary haunted house through one of the Y’s school buses. A photo booth will be set up on city plaza where costumed kids and families can take pictures. Instead of getting a printed photo reel, the booth texts the images to people’s cell phones so they can instantly share them on social media.
Costumes and cosplay go hand in hand, and the Halloween Howl is no exception. Double Midnight Comics attracts cosplayers from around the area who jump at the chance to show off their costumes, according to Jill Stewart the shop’s manager. Stewart said that committed costume-ers will likely be lurking around the comicbook store so she has prepared activities and candy for the event. 
“We’ll be handing out a bunch of free Halloween themed comic books,” said Stewart.
Stewart is organizing a painting activity at the shop where kids can paint their favorite comic book characters with a Halloween themed twist. Characters like the Incredible Hulk will be turned into Frankenstein monsters like Hulkenstein. 
Stewart is expecting a guest appearance from a fully functioning Hulkbuster Iron Man costume and an army of zombies. She predicts that other popular costumes this year will be Deadpool, Harley-Quinn, the cast of Stranger Things and Rick from Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.
“The big winner of costumes this year is Rick from Rick and Morty,” said Stewart.
A pirate themed dance party, called All Hallows Eve, will be held at Christian Michael Salon at 156 N. Main St. Fleming said the street will be the dance floor with lights and costumed characters dancing to music provided by local DJ and radio personality Nazzy.
“They kind of just go over the top with a dance party out front on the street, they all get completely decked out,” said Fleming.
Prior to that, Nazzy will leads a costume parade down Main Street at 6:30 p.m., something he does every year. Fleming said the parade is the best time for people to show off their costumes and see what others have dressed up as.
Fleming said that families come to the event because it gives them a safe alternative to traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating.
“Kids talk about Halloween all year round. It’s a safe way for families to come down with their kids and trick-or-treat. It’s such a popular holiday and this is such a great community,” said Fleming.





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