Downtown Fremont will soon be filled with costumed characters and all kinds of spooky creatures.
They all will be taking part in Halloween Hysteria, an annual tradition for many families which is presented by MainStreet of Fremont.
This year’s event will take place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.
Little ghosts and goblins are invited to go trick-or-treating at participating businesses in downtown Fremont. The addition of the pop-up-park/green space at Fifth Street and Park Avenue will add a unique feature to the event this year.
“We have invited different groups to participate and be in the green space since the green space is there until the end of October,” said Shannon Mullen, executive director of MainStreet of Fremont. “We wanted to make sure that somebody took advantage of that space, too.
“It’s an opportunity for maybe people who aren’t on the main drag or feel like maybe their businesses aren’t seen (to set up in the green space). We get a lot of requests from different churches and other groups to come and participate, so we’ve allowed those folks to come and participate with us.”
Fremont Creative Collective will be presenting the children’s costume contest.
The costume contest is set for 5:30 p.m. at Milady Coffeehouse inside The May Brothers Building, Sixth Street and Park Avenue, across from Don Peterson & Associates.
Judging for the costume contest will begin at 5:45 p.m.
The children’s costume contest categories are: infant to 1 year, 2-3 years, 4-6 years and 7-10 years. First place will be awarded to one boy and one girl in each age group.
New this year is the addition of a category for families in the costume contest.
“It’s a really great opportunity for families to take advantage of the opportunity of dressing up together,” Mullen said. “I’m really excited about that.”
First National Bank Fremont at Sixth and Main streets will again be transforming its bank into the Haunted Bank for Kids. From 5-7 p.m., families are welcome to make their way through the Haunted Bank which will feature Trolls in the lobby and different Halloween scenes throughout the bank.
The Fremont Area Art Association and Keene Memorial Library will be offering face painting and Halloween story time from 5-7 p.m. at Gallery 92 West, 92 W. Sixth St.
Families will be available to visit VW Photography at 250 N. Main St. to have a free spooky photo taken. VW Photography will be collecting non-perishable food for Care Corps.
All of the activities that are part of Halloween Hysteria are free, and Mullen encourages families to take advantage of the fun evening in downtown Fremont.
“It’s a great atmosphere and a super safe environment,” she said. “We have the Dodge County REACT group down here helping folks cross the street and to make sure the streets are safe. It’s a really great opportunity for people to have a very safe trick-or-treating environment, and a little earlier setting than the normal setting.”
An added bonus to Halloween Hysteria is the exposure it gives to all of the downtown businesses.
“There are a lot of downtown businesses that have either moved, changed, some have left, some have come in, so a lot of new businesses in different areas,” Mullen said. “We’re anxious to have people come down and look at a lot of the different façade improvements, street developments and street changes that are happening and even take advantage of looking at our green space project which is something that is very short-lived for now, but we’re hoping to maybe make it a long-term project in the future.”