Trick-or-treat in Downtown Springfield brings businesses, community together

The organizer of Downtown Trick-or-Treat wants the annual event to build bridges, and it has proven to be a boo-tiful way to do so.

“Improving community culture is super important to me,” says Tracey Tackett, the event’s organizer as well as the owner of Sip & Dipity Paint Bar.

The fourth annual Downtown Trick or Treat will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Like last year, Fountain Avenue will be closed from Columbia Street south to the Esplanade near The Heritage Center of Clark County and the Courtyard by Marriott.

Tackett says about 3,000 people attended the event last year.

“We’re excited to have everyone back,” she says.

In addition to candy, visitors can expect treats like glow sticks, goody bags and hot chocolate.

DJ Chill will be playing spooky songs, the Sanderson Sisters – witchy characters from the movie “Hocus Pocus” – will be available for photos in front of Sip & Dipity, and Tonia Tyree will return with zombie dancers, who will be part of a flash mob during the trick or treat, Tackett says.

She expects more than 100 businesses and organizations to participate, and not all of them have a Downtown store or even a brick-and-mortar location. Tackett wants all groups to be a part of Downtown, even if they don’t have a location there.

endors who are interested in setting up during the event can contact her at [email protected].

Downtown Trick-or-Treat builds bridges between businesses, which begin to contact Tackett about the event during the summer. It also connects the community.

“All year long people tell me how much fun they had at it,” she says.

Tackett, too, enjoys the event and the spotlight it shines on all of the participants.

“It’s all of our downtown,” Tackett says.
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Diane Erwin is a freelance writer and former reporter for the Springfield News-Sun. A graduate of Ohio State University, her articles have appeared in a number of publications in Springfield and Dayton. In addition to her journalism background, she has worked in marketing and written copy for businesses throughout the country. In her spare time, she likes to read, dream about Schuler’s donuts, and travel near and far with her husband and two children.