OHIO VALLEY — The reins are in different hands this year, but the Point Pleasant Halloween Block Party, one of the largest holiday events in the area, promises to be just as much fun, with many activities for the children.
The block party is now under the auspices of the “Get to the Point” co-op, following the retirement last year of Denise Scarberry, who headed the event for 20 years. Dustin Morrison is serving as this year’s block party chairman.
The event will be held Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. A major change will be the move back to Main Street to allow more room for the many activities, after having been held at the riverfront park, Morrison said.
There will be a haunted house, free hotdogs, a trunk-or-treat, games, costume contest, and live music. New this year will be the addition of an outdoor movie.
The inflatable maze haunted house is being sponsored by The Mothman Museum. It will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. in the vacant lot on the 400 block of Main Street.
Also during that time, free hotdogs will be given out in Gunn Park, with the hotdogs being provided by AEP River Operations. A trunk-or-treat and games will be offered from the 400 to the 200 block. The games will be operated by the individual businesses and volunteers. Morrison said operators have been told to use their imaginations to create fun, but simple games.
“We’ve been in contact with several businesses on Main Street who have expressed their desire to host games and pass out candy at their storefronts,” said Morrison. “We really think that this will be a win-win for the community and Main Street businesses alike.”
Representatives from the Point Pleasant Fire Department, Red’s Rollen Garage, and the Mason County EMS will be on hand during that time to give kids an opportunity to meet local first responders, see a fire truck, ambulance, and tow truck. The Mason County Library will have representatives there, as well.
Levi Billiter and his band mates in “Blue Moves” will provide live music starting at 6 p.m. The costume contest will begin at 7 p.m., and will take place on the steps of the post office. The movie “Hocus Pocus” will start roughly at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. It will be shown in the vacant lot on the 200 block, with free popcorn.
Morrison said members of the Get to the Point co-op felt it was important to continue the block party after Scarberry’s retirement because it is one of a very limited number of kid-centered events that happen in Point Pleasant.
“Seeing the amount of work Denise has put into the block party over the years has made us determined to continue the legacy she started,” Morrison said. “Without Denise’s and Darla Jackson’s help this year, we don’t know where we would be. They’re always there to answer questions, and Denise has been an absolute MVP when we need a contact at a local business.”
Morrison also applauded Counter Point Cooperative, which he said has been the largest monetary contributor to the block party fund so far. Counter Point has donated all of the proceeds of a limited edition “Get to the Point” t-shirt, which remains on sale at 424 Main Street for $15.
The chairman said local businesses are still being canvassed for participation or donations of any kind. He added the City of Point Pleasant has been very supportive, donating funds, as well as the use of a projector and screen from the parks and recreation department.
In order to set up on the day of the event, Main Street will be closed to traffic at 4 p.m.
For more information on the party, a Facebook event page has been set up at “Point Pleasant Block Party 2018.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.