On Wednesday, wandering through Uptown Normal is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to surrender a treat or be tricked as the Bloomington-Normal community doubles trick-or-treat time with a night of scares and sweets.
The Uptown Normal Business Association is coordinating the annual Uptown Treat Feast, which will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
During this annual event, Linden Street to Fell Avenue around Uptown Circle, Broadway Street and East and West Beaufort Streets will be blocked off from traffic while kids in costumes take over the town.
“Our goal is to provide a clean, safe place for children to trick or treat,” Joe Tulley, Uptown Normal marketing manager, said.
Local stores and businesses will provide treats for participants as well as nonprofit organizations, Tulley said. This is the second year that nonprofits will be getting involved.
“It gives organizations the chance to set up a booth and get the word out. But we ask that they bring some kind of treat for the kids and don’t just distribute literature,” Tulley added.
Some of the local businesses go above and beyond to make the Treat Feast a fun-filled night for all.
“Chill Out always holds a great costume contest, and Emack & Bolio’s sets up a Haunted Courtyard with all sorts of props,” Tulley said.
The Treat Feast isn’t only fun for families with children. College students are invited to compete in the costume contest and enjoy live entertainment ranging from music and dancers to a performance by ISU’s Gamma Phi Circus.
To learn more, visit normal.org or contact Uptown Partners at (309) 454-9557.