By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009
Janet Beil, Sapulpa Main Street director, says being at Trick or Treat Downtown is a treat for everyone.
For Sapulpa-area kids and the kid in everyone else, Sapulpa Main Street presents Trick or Treat Downtown on Saturday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Main Street, also known as Dewey St., will close to vehicular traffic in the late afternoon to make way for 3,000 or more ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating and monster-mashing to bewitching music. Along the sidewalks, costumed merchants, city and civic leaders, and local pastors will pass out candy to many of the children they know and to children from outlying communities that do not have trick or treating events.
Janet Beil, Sapulpa Main Street director, says that the candy walk began in the 1990s and has grown each year. Sapulpa is the only community in this area to organize such a wide-scale event. Parents appreciate having a safe place where kids are welcome and where traffic is not an issue. They want their children to enjoy the experiences they had growing up.
In past events, mothers have sewn ornate costumes for their babies in strollers, and teens have dressed up to bring younger siblings. Grandparents have even turned back the hands of time with their grandchildren in tow. Janet recalls watching milk cartons and boats walk down the street to pick up candy from merchants dressed just as cleverly. A special best costume contest for merchants will show appreciation for their efforts.
Some merchants go beyond candy and prepare goodie bags that include gift certificates, discount coupons or flyers to promote their businesses. Trick or Treat Downtown provides participating merchants with a free advertising moment. Churches, too, use the opportunity to introduce their services and upcoming events.
If a candy walk isn’t enough for the more adventurous revelers, they can participate in some frightful events on nearby streets. The American Legion, Creek County Ambulance and the Creek County Sheriff’s Department will provide some spooky, yet safe, entertainment for those who dare.
Some families have been coming to Trick or Treat Downtown for years. Even when their children are grown, they return for the fun and the chance to see their friends and neighbors. Others are welcome to come meet new people and learn more about downtown Sapulpa and all it has to offer.
Sapulpa, on historic Route 66, is one of 43 Main Street communities in Oklahoma. The focus of Main Street is on preservation, business retention, attracting new business, landscape design and making downtown known as the heart of the community.
Janet says she is proud of the mix of retail, professional offices, services and loft apartments that downtown Sapulpa offers. “The whole community has come together to make downtown a cool place to be.” It is also a must-visit place for the many international visitors who come through each year, taking pictures that forever capture a bit of American history and folklore.
Everyone is invited to Sapulpa Main Street’s Downtown Trick or Treat event on Saturday, October 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.