Parents looking for a fun and safe way for their children to trick-or-treat should make their way to downtown Seymour on Monday evening.

Seymour Main Street is once again sponsoring the Downtown Trick-or-Treat where children can dress up in their Halloween costumes and go business to business from 4 to 6 p.m. to receive candy and other goodies. This is the 10th year for the popular event.

All children should be accompanied by an adult. Participating businesses will have signs up in their windows, and there will be activities, music from the Radio 96.3 WJAA Ghoul Bus and giveaways at One Chamber Square, too. Walgreens will once again be providing free fall-themed pictures of kids and families.

Michelle Gossett, event chairwoman, said there are 51 registered businesses and donors, and more may be added.

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“We will have candy, balloons, coloring books, discount coupons to various businesses and lots of goodies to share,” she said.

Afterwards, kids and adults can show off their costumes by marching through downtown in the Seymour Evening Lions Club Halloween parade and participating in the costume contest in the American Legion Annex parking lot.

The Seymour High School Marching Owls will lead the parade playing a medley of spooky tunes. Most band members also dress up.

The annual events draw hundreds of ghouls and goblins, princesses and superheroes and all other manner of costumed characters downtown.

Seymour Main Street board members and those on the promotions committee will be posted at street corners to help safely direct families.

The event is one of Main Street’s best-attended activities with more than 1,000 people expected to show up if the weather is nice.

“Seymour Main Street is proud to provide a fun, family-friendly experience for the community,” Gossett said. “We want to give people an opportunity to enjoy our historic downtown and visit some of our small-town businesses.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary for the costume parade, which begins at the post office at Fourth and Chestnut streets.

A costume contest will take place afterwards with judging by age and categories.

Age groups are 2 and younger, 3 and 4 years old, 5 and 6 years old, 7 to 9 years old, 10 to 13 years old, 14 to 20 years old and 21 and older. Categories are best pet costume, best group of three and best band member.

Prizes will be awarded in each age group and category, and treats will be available to all contestants.

If you go

Seymour Main Street’s 10th annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Where: Downtown Seymour

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday

Seymour Evening Lions Club Halloween parade and costume contest

Where: Starts at post office, goes through downtown Seymour and ends in the parking lot of the American Legion Annex

When: Parade starts at 6 p.m. Monday; costume contest begins after parade

Community trick-or-treating hours

Crothersville: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29

Seymour: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Brownstown: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Medora: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.