East Alabama organizations team up with Columbus to host annual Halloween event

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By Denise DuBois

A spectacular event is coming to the Chattahoochee Valley area. See super heroes, witches, princesses, animals and more all in one place at the annual Spooktacular festival on Oct. 27. Dress up and fit right in as the Chattahoochee Valley celebrates Halloween on the Pedestrian Bridge.

For the first time, East Alabama and Columbus are collaborating on the event to bring the best in entertainment, treats, food and fun to the area.

“By collaborating and partnering for events such as this we are able to offer more for everyone as a whole versus a smaller event with less participation,” said Holli Browder, Director of Parks and Recreation for Columbus. “I think this year’s Spooktacular just shows that when positive opportunities are presented both cities are willing to come to the table and work together successfully to benefit the entire Chattahoochee Valley community.”

Spooktacular will feature a costume parade and contest for kids, food trucks, music, and most importantly, trick-or-treating. After all, candy is the best part of the day. There will be fun on both sides of the bridge.

Browder said there will be treat bags given out to children until they’re all gone and to expect a lot of people in attendance.

“Of course, there will be lots of people, this event has grown annually with well over 3,000 children in attending in recent years. Come early, don’t be late and remember to remind your kids to be patient, as there will be lines, but they typically move quickly. This is an event that provides a safe and fun environment for kids and families to come out and participate in which is something that both communities promote for their citizens.”

Right now, the East Alabama Chamber of Commerce is recruiting businesses that want to participate in the event and bring fun to the kids in the area. Businesses and community groups are welcome to be vendors at the event and hand out candy. It’s free to be a vendor, and you’re welcome to bring information about your business; however, the event committee asks that nothing be for sale at vendor tables.

The event committee is also looking for businesses that want to donate to Spooktacular. Each year, prizes are given away during the costume contest. If you’d like to contribute a prize or be a vendor, email info@ealcc.com, citizenofeastalabama@gmail.com or becca@uptowncolumbusga.com.