The City of Brantford’s Scare in the Square event returns for two jam-packed days of Halloween-themed fun on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8.
Jennifer Middleton, community events coordinator at the City of Brantford, said that they are excited to welcome the community back to Harmony Square.
“It feels absolutely amazing to be back hosting events like this one,” she said. “Because restrictions have been lifted, we’re back to full capacity and we have some past activities coming back that we’re really excited about. It’s gonna be a ton of fun.”
The city hosted the first Scare in the Square in 2008. Due to the pandemic, it was cancelled in 2020 and hosted on a much smaller scale in 2021.
“The response from the community on our social media has been very positive,” Middleton said. “I think people are just looking forward to getting out of their house, creating those memories as a family and being part of an event that has a lot of history in our community.”
The event’s schedule is packed with family friendly activities, including the return of fan favourites like Trick or Treating, a Haunted House, roller skating, an escape room and character meet and greets.
Middleton said that the event would not be possible without the community’s ongoing support.
“The support this year for sponsors was overwhelming, in a good way,” she said. “We also have anywhere between 10 and 20 volunteers throughout the weekend and we are very thankful for them all. Most of them really love Halloween, so they come dressed up and are engaged throughout the weekend which contributes to the fun.”
Most of the event is free, however this year, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Some activities do have a small cost, including the escape room and haunted house, but Middleton explained that those fees are strictly for cost recovery.
More information and a schedule of all activities can be found on the City of Brantford website.