By Sam Elliott
For children and families needing an early start to their Halloween celebrations, the Fishers Boo Bash returns to the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23.
The event, in its third year, offers safe trick or treating for children plus games, live music and a collection of fall and Halloween activities.
“We pair up with up to 60 businesses or organizations in the community,” Fishers marketing and public relations manager Casey Cawthon said. “Each one will host a safe trick or treat stop and all those stops include candy or games or an activity for the kids to do something a little fun and while they’re there, their parents can learn more about that business or organization.”
Fishers city staff will also have booths set up to connect with community members and the Fishers Parks and Recreation tent is where contestants can register for the event’s costume contest.
Registration for the costume contest will be capped at 50 entrants in each group — ages 0 to 2, ages 3 to 5, 6 to 10 and 11 to 12. Each age group will have four winners in categories of prettiest, scariest, most creative and best movie character.
“We also have a family category this year. That’s new,” Cawthon said. “We noticed there were a lot of families dressing up together, so we thought it would be fun to add a category for them to enter.”
Boo Bash attendees can take advantage of complimentary hot chocolate and Pat’s Philly Pretzels while supplies last and the parks and recreation tent will have goodie bags available also on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Entering just its third year, the Boo Bash has already become one of Fishers’ larger gatherings.
“Last year we had over 6,000 people at this event,” Cawthon said. “It’s become one of our more popular events.”