By Heather Lusk
The annual Boone Village Halloween Party will return from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26.
The shopping center offers a safe trick or treating location for kids with a costume party, games and music.
Event organizer LeeAnn Akard, owner of Akard True Value Hardware, remembers attending when she was a child decades ago.
“It’s a tradition,” she said.
Fourteen awards will be given for costumes, which will be judged at 6 p.m. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given in four age groups, ranging from infants to those 8 and older.
Some memorable costumes have included the Fall Festival carnival, Jeff Gordon and the hardware store’s popcorn machine.
For the top two age groups, ages 5 to 7 and 8 and older, a special award will be given, the Kids Imaginative Design Award.
“It’s the idea of giving the award to the child who you know made the costume themselves,” Akard said. “More the creative side.”
The Halloween party will take place rain or shine with businesses being open throughout the evening.
Hot dogs and drinks will be offered in exchange for donations, equaling votes, to two organizations participating in Pumpkins for a Purpose. Various organizations have decorated pumpkins currently on display at Akard True Value to represent their group.
“It highlights the way that so many organizations are out there looking to fundraise,” Akard said.
Each penny is worth one vote. Organizations may keep all donations, and the group with the most votes will win an additional $100, thanks to the hardware store. Voting takes place from Oct. 17 to 31.