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Trick or Treat hits Commerce

Camden Schrad was one of the many trick-or-treaters that took part in last year’s event on Commerce Street. This year’s Trick or Treat on Commerce is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. (File Photo)

On Wednesday night, ghosts, goblins and all manner of things that go bump in the night will be wandering up and down Commerce Street.

For the third year in a row, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Trick or Treat on Commerce. Local businesses and individuals alike will gather downtown to pass out candy and celebrate Halloween.

Francine Wasden, executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, said the event came about as a way to offer a safe environment for trick or treating.

“We just decided that we would block off from Bolling Street all the way to the courthouse,” Wasden said. “We would not allow anybody to park on the street, and we encouraged business and individuals to come downtown and give away candy. It’d be safe for the children and that’s how the concept started.”

It has proven to be a popular community event.

The event will start at 6 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m. in front of City Hall with a special routine featuring the Fort Dale Academy dance team and Sonya’s Dance Studio.

The Chamber is asking that all cars be removed from Commerce Street by 5 p.m.

Restrooms will be available inside City Hall. Concessions will also be available.  Photo sessions will be available at Confederate Park for all the ghosts and goblins.

“It is a wonderful community event,” Wasden said. “It just brings everybody together, and it’s a great thing to see families coming out together. It’s safe and it gives them a great environment. I encourage everyone to come together downtown and take part in Trick or Treat on Commerce.”

The City of Greenville does not prohibit door-to-door trick or treating, but encourages everyone to take part in Trick or Treat on Commerce. City officials have said that trick of treating in the city is intended for children in the 6th grade and below. For more information on Trick or Treat on Commerce contact the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce at 382-3251.