Jaycees to host 10th annual Treat Street on Tuesday

Hundreds of local trick-or-treaters have been turning out each year for the Salisbury Jaycees’ annual “Treat Street” safe Halloween event on Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza. More than 100 volunteers help staff candy tables, games and other activities.

The Salisbury Jaycees holds its 10th annual Treat Street safe trick-or-treating event, presented by Robinson’s Family of Businesses, Tuesday, Oct. 31, on the Downtown Plaza.

If there’s rain, activities will move indoors to the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Business Center, 144 East Main St.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with registration at the corner of West Main and North Division streets. Treat tables will be open on the Plaza from 6-8 p.m., with games, storytelling, local mascots, photo opportunities and other activities available from 6-9 p.m. In celebration of the event’s 10th year, two new treat tables have been added, bringing the total to 22 — the most in the history of Treat Street.

This year’s Treat Street features five themed areas: Port of Entry, sponsored by the Maryland Jaycees Crab Corps; Main Street U.S.A., sponsored by Nock Insurance; Candy Canyon, sponsored by the Salisbury Jaycees Foundation; Drive-In Square, sponsored by Farmers Bank of Willards; and Playtown, sponsored by Coastal Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. The Salisbury University Student Government Association sponsors games during the evening.

Attractions include hands-on activities, face painting and a coloring area, as well as freshly popped popcorn presented by St. Francis de Sales Boy Scout Troop 185. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Children must register that evening to participate. Registration is open for children through age 11. All children must wear costumes and be accompanied by an adult. Adults may dress up, but are encouraged to make their costumes non-scary and appropriate for young children.

Candy bags for children who do not bring their own will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 500 registrants receive coloring books courtesy of Nock Insurance.

The Jaycees also participate in Food Allergy Research and Education’s Teal Pumpkin Project, offering non-candy treats for children with food allergies. Parents of children wishing to receive non-candy treats for this purpose should request a special badge upon registering that evening.

Treat Street was founded in 2008 in response to local media reports that fewer local parents were allowing their children to trick-or-treat due to increasing crime, including child predators. It has since grown into the city’s largest annual child-friendly Halloween block party. The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce has named it the nation’s No. 1 community event.

This year’s Treat Street is made possible through support from sponsors and in-kind donors including Avery W. Hall Insurance; Buffalo Wild Wings; Chick-Fil-A; Chuck E. Cheese’s; Coastal Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning; David Smith Consulting; Davis Bowen & Friedel; Eastern Shore Reading Council; Farmers Bank of Willards; Irish Penny Pub and Grill; Kristy Johnson; Kuhn’s Jewelers; Livingston Wealth Management; Maryland Jaycees Crab Corps; Joe Marciano; Amy, Richard and Matthew Meekins; Nock Insurance; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; Robinson’s Family of Businesses; Harriet Rhodes; Richard A. Henson Foundation; Rotary Club of Salisbury; St. Francis de Sales Boy Scout Troop 185; Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce; Salisbury Fire Department; Salisbury Independent; Salisbury Jaycees Foundation; Salisbury Police Department; Salisbury Storage Warehouse; Salisbury University Lambda Pi Eta chapter, Salisbury University Panhellenic Association, Salisbury University Student Government Association; Sub Runners; and Toys R Us.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information call 410-251-0402 or email co-chairman Jason Rhodes at jason@salisburyjc.com.

Comprised of area residents ages 18 to 40, the Salisbury Jaycees has provided social, community and leadership training activities for its members since 1940. For more information on the chapter, visit salisburyjc.com or the Salisbury Jaycees Facebook page at facebook.com/salisburyjaycees.


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