Tricks and treats in downtown Middlesboro

Published 8:07 am Thursday, September 27, 2018

The fall festival isn’t the only holiday-themed event Middlesboro has up its sleeve for the community. The Bell County Historical Society is teaming up with Middlesboro Main Street to produce their annual Nightmare On 20th Street event held downtown every year.

Emily Ayers, director of Middlesboro Main Street, highlighted the many activities planned for the Halloween-themed event.

This year’s theme is Halloween Carnival. The event, free for the community, promises to have inflatables for the children, a pie eating contest, free games and other attractions.

“We’ve asked local businesses churches and individuals to participate in a trunk or treat. The best decorate trunk will receive a plaque,” said Ayers.

T&T Stables will be providing free horse rides and there will also be a hayride.

The community is also encouraged to come decked out in their Halloween costumes.

Magic City Christmas Parade will be creating a haunted house attraction. All proceeds from it will go into this year’s Christmas parade.

A new feature for this year’s Nightmare on 20th Street is a pumpkin carving contest. All storefronts and businesses on Cumberland Avenue are encouraged to carve their best jack-o-lantern. The winners will be displayed on Fountain Square. Winners of the contest will receive an iTunes gift card or a cash prize. The winners will be announced at Nightmare on 20th Street.

The event in slated Oct. 27, plenty of time to get your Halloween costumes in order.