Are you a hardcore Halloween fan but just can’t wait until Oct. 31 to get into your costume? Fear not, because Intown Concord’s Halloween Howl will give you exactly that opportunity.
On Friday, downtown Concord will come alive with ghosts, ghouls and goblins for the annual Halloween Howl celebration. Think of it as a big outdoor Halloween party, and everything is free.
During Halloween Howl, downtown merchants stay open late and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. More often than not, store owners and employees get into the spirit and dress up in costumes, just like the vast majority of the folks who attend. DJ Nazzy from 105.5 WJYY will also be on hand spinning Halloween classics as well as popular tunes to get people dancing. You’ll also have a chance to show off your costumes at the Spooktacular Costume Parade at 6:15 p.m. by the band wagon. At 6:30 there will be a contest for best homemade and best store-bought costumes for both kids and adults. Then, at 7 p.m. will be the first-ever pet costume contest, open to pets big and small. City Plaza will have games and activities for all ages all night long.
While the kids are dancing the night away, adults can participate in a downtown business scavenger hunt for a chance to win $100 in downtown dollars, which can be used at downtown businesses. Store participation may vary, of course. Pick up your scavenger hunt booklet at Intown’s info table by the band wagon.
North Main Street will be closed to traffic from 4 to 8:30 p.m., so if you’re not going to Halloween Howl but plan on driving through downtown, make sure you find another route.
Parking is available and recommended at the Storrs Street, State Street or School Street Garages.
The event is presented by Intown Concord and sponsored by Eastern Bank, Christian Michael Hair Salon, Double Midnight Comics and Merrimack County Savings Bank, with additional support by City of Concord, EZ Bounce of NE, Nazzy Entertainment, NV Productions, Concord YMCA and New Hampshire Federal Credit Union.
For more info, go to intownconcord.org.