A real treat – Downtown Halloween and fall festival combined

Aidan Thomas, 8, gets his face painted by Kate Logan, an employee at Qdoba, during summer Firefly Nights.


BG Independent News


Bowling Green officials have approved plans to serve spirits to adults as young ghosts and goblins take to the streets for trick or treat in the downtown.

Plans are underway to combine a fall Firefly Nights with the annual downtown trick or treat on Oct. 19. And on Tuesday evening, Bowling Green City Council approved an F-2 liquor permit, which would allow for the sale of beer and liquor.

The city had already issued a liquor permit for the summer Firefly Nights. However, since the October event will cover a larger area downtown, another approval was needed by City Council.

The approval was unanimous.

“I hear nothing negative,” Council President Mike Aspacher said Tuesday evening about the Firefly Nights events.

The decision to combine the Firefly Nights and annual downtown trick or treat was made by downtown merchants due to the overwhelming success of both events. The October event would extend the street festival into the fall and allow for more safety measures for the annual trick or treat.

Last year, an estimated 2,000 costumed children filled the downtown sidewalks to collect treats from the local businesses. Concerns were raised about keeping the large streams of children safe. So it was decided the best solution would be to close Main Street for the event.

And while the street is closed, why not have a party?

The expanded footprint for the Firefly Nights Fall Festival will be along Main Street from Clay Street to Washington Street. That is a block further north than the summer Firefly Nights.

Police Chief Tony Hetrick said he is working to find barricades for all the intersections involved to keep vehicles from entering the festival area.

“We only have so many police cars,” Hetrick said. Other city vehicles may be used to provide barricades.

The fall festival-trick or treat will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be food, music, kids activities, and treats for children. The event will not take the place of the citywide trick or treat.