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FeaturesBrantford hosts annual Scare in the Square

Over a thousand people attended the 13th annual Scare in the Square event on Oct. 2.

A youngster dances with a giraffe mascot on Dalhousie Street during the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The two-day annual event was hosted by the City of Brantford at Harmony Square. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jennifer Middleton, Coordinator of Special Events for the City of Brantford, was happy to see the square filled with people again.

“We are so glad to be back,” Middleton said. “I’m overjoyed to have everybody back downtown again.”

Terry, Zoey and Else Couture pose for a photo during the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.

While the event could not host as many guests as years’ past, the response and turnout shocked organizers.

“We saw around 1500 to 2000 people over the course of the two days,” she said. “We sold out of trick or treating at 300 and general admission at 500 on Sunday. We couldn’t believe how fast registration sold out.”

Two-year-old Paul Watson takes a photo with Count Dracula during the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Along with trick or treating down Dalhousie Street, activities at the event included costume contests, character meet and greets, mad science workshops and more.

Stilt-walker Doug Hunt impresses attendees with his juggling skills at the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Organizers had COVID-19 precautions in place for the event, enforcing capacity limits and contact tracing, recommending social distancing and masks, as well as using tongs and gloves to give out candy during trick or treating.

Four-year-old John and two-year-old Eric Farncombe join the dark side as they meet a Stormtrooper at the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.

“COVID definitely added challenges in planning this year’s event,” said Middleton. “We went through all of the provincial and municipal guidelines to make sure everyone was safe. Our top priority was the safety of our attendees. We might not have been at maximum capacity, but we were at a capacity that we feel safe at.”

Doug Hunt strikes a spooky pose at the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.
The Scare in the Square event hosted activities like Mad Science workshops on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Community organizations lined Dalhousie Street to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters at the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Members of the Brantford Fire Department pose for a photo during the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell were two of the characters on hand for meet and greets during the Scare in the Square event on Saturday, Oct. 2.

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