With only a month left before the 10th Annual Treat Street in Cleveland, two dozen businesses and organizations already have signed up to participate in the most-attended annual event in Cleveland and the largest Halloween party in Liberty County.
The Unity Committee, which organizes the event every year with the City of Cleveland, is hoping to have as many as 65 booths for this free annual trick-or-treating event for children through age 11.
Treat Street will be held Halloween night, from 6-8 p.m., at Stancil Park in Cleveland, 211 Peach Ave. The event was moved to the exposition center arena to make room for more parking and to provide a covered facility that can accommodate the growing crowd numbers even in the event of inclement weather.
Last year, roughly 6,000 people turned out for the event to take advantage of free candy and prizes.
Parking for the event will be available at the Cleveland Civic Center at 210 Peach Ave., Cleveland Senior Citizens Center at 220 Peach Ave., at the FFA Parking lot that is accessed off of Easy St., to the back of Stancil Park, and Campbell Park, which is a short walk to Stancil Park through the FFA parking lot.
The dirt foundation in the exposition center, used for Dairy Day rodeos in April and May, will be tamped down to provide a foundation suitable for foot and stroller traffic. Booths will be lined up all around the arena and children will be able to move about freely to the booths.
In the middle of the arena, an area will be set aside for a Thriller Dance Competition. There is no age limit to participate in the dance-off and a prize will be awarded to the top dancer.
Local businesses, churches and groups are encouraged to host vendor booths. There is no charge for booth space, but vendors must bring enough candy for each child to have at least one piece from their booth. By the time the children make their way to all the booths, they should have enough to fill their buckets and bags. Parents will not be allowed to trick-or-treat.
Vendors are encouraged to participate in a booth contest. The top three booths will receive trophies and be recognized on http://www.BluebonnetNews.com.
Prizes will also be awarded in a Halloween costume contest for children through age 11. Three prizes will be awarded in three categories — 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old and 8-11 years old.
If you are interested in hosting a booth, contact Bluebonnet News Editor Vanesa Brashier by phone at 936-346-1051 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call the Cleveland Civic Center’s Marina Ybanez at 281-592-2395 or email her at email@example.com.
The Unity Committee of Cleveland is made up of volunteers who are dedicated to providing free, family-friendly events for the area. Volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in joining the committee, contact Cleveland Civic Center Director Frieda Joyce, Brashier or Ybanez.
In addition to Treat Street, the Unity Committee partners with the City of Cleveland to provide the Fourth of July Fireworks Show, Bunny Blast, Hometown Christmas and other annual events.