An eerie evening

Main Street to close for Evart’s Monster Mash

EVART — From loathsome line dances to chilling costume contests to odious on-stage games, the Evart community is gearing up for goulish good time on Main Street on Oct. 31. The street will be closed at 5:30 p.m. and remain closed until 7:30 p.m. from U.S. 10 to Sixth Street for the Main Street Monster Mash. More than 25 businesses and organizations will set up tables and distribute candy to trick-or-treaters. “We wanted to create a safe place for people to come trick-or-treating,” said Evart Downtown Development Authority Director Al Weinberg. “We love our kids and we want them to know their town cares for them.” A stage will be set up in the street and music will be played all evening. Throughout the evening, community members can participate in on-stage games and line dancing as well as listen to music played by Dennis Peacock. A costume contest will be held at 7 p.m. with the winners receiving Evart Bucks to spend at businesses around the community. “The (Evart Area) Chamber of Commerce and the DDA have put a lot of time into it, and other local business have put a lot of time into it as well,” Weinberg said. “It’s fun to see the whole community get involved.” The event marks the first time the Evart community has come together for an official Halloween bash. Weinberg expects the event to create opportunities for trick-or-treaters and their parents to get to know businesses they may have overlooked in the past. “There are a lot of organizations and businesses around Evart. Many people don’t know what they do,” he said. “By bringing people to Main Street, there is an opportunity for them to see what we have in town.” Businesses were encouraged to give coupons and flyers out with candy during the Main Street Monster Mash. The Evart Fire Department also will bring a smoke/spook house to give youth a fun, frightening experience. “What we’re asking people to do is to go trick or treat everywhere else and then come to Main Street,” Weinberg said. “We’re expecting 800 kids.” The event is sponsored by the Evart DDA and Evart Area Chamber of Commerce. Anyone interested in volunteering or setting up a booth can contact Eric Schmidt at (231) 679-2606.