Trick or Treat Event Information – Chamber of Commerce
Halloween 2020 in Ocean Springs will be celebrated differently in a variety of ways this October. Due to concerns for the Covid-19 pandemic, the popular Trick or Treat Down the Street event will not be organized this year. Instead, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ocean Springs, the Historic Ocean Springs Association, and the Witches Ride will be supporting a variety of Halloween activities in the days leading up to Saturday, October 31st.
“We are disappointed because Trick or Treat is such a popular, family-friendly community event,” said Susan Gulledge, President of the Historic Ocean Springs Association, the group that has helped coordinate this event for more than 20 years,” But because of the size of crowds who usually pack into downtown Ocean Springs for Trick or Treat, we felt it most responsible to figure out another way we could have fun and help “treat” the kids in our community in other, safer ways this year. We are delighted that HOSA has been working with Dr. Vickie Tiblier, Principal at Ocean Springs High School, and HOSA members will bring our treats and will be joining OSHS juniors and seniors this year as they take Trunk or Treat to the elementary schools in our community.”
Cynthia Sutton, Executive Director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, explained the ways the Chamber is encouraging businesses to celebrate Halloween. “We are still celebrating a fun Ocean Springs Halloween by encouraging our local businesses to invite costumed children into their businesses and shops for a “treat” from 10am thru till 5pm on Saturday, October 31st. This will hopefully space-out the little trick or treaters throughout the business day, rather than all at once. The Chamber is also sponsoring our annual Fall Decorating Contest, where businesses can compete for awards and prizes.”
The popular Witches Ride event will also be different this year, with costumed Witches on decorated bikes being encouraged to ride “virtually” in small groups in neighborhoods and on their own routes. Stephanie Pendleton, organizer of the Witches Ride, which raises funds for the Jackson County Animal Shelter, encourages Witches to share or broadcast their rides on social media this year. Pendleton says she hopes some of the Witches will also join HOSA and OSHS students as they take Trunk or Treat to the younger elementary school students on Friday morning, October 30th.
For additional information about this year’s Halloween in Ocean Springs, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 875.4424 or HOSA at HOSA@cableone.net.