Halloween might be on the wrong side of a Monday this year, but Laramie’s trick-or-treaters don’t have to wait for a school night to scare up a bag full of candy.
Downtown Laramie’s premiere Halloween celebration, Scaramie, is slated to begin right after the University of Wyoming Homecoming Parade on Saturday.
Hosted by the Downtown Laramie Business Association, Laramie Main Street Alliance and the city of Laramie, the event offers families a cornucopia of Halloween-themed activities and treats.
“We’ve been doing trick or treating in downtown Laramie for over two decades,” Scaramie Committee Chair Denise Deem said. “Over 2,000 kids come down each year. We’re expecting even more this year because of the Homecoming Parade.”
While the parade could boost participation, Deem said some changes were made to accommodate the event.
“Scaramie has always been 10 a.m.-noon,” she said. “But this year because of the parade, we’ll be doing it 11 a.m. -1 p.m.”
Although downtown has been closed off to vehicular traffic in past years, Deem said this Scaramie will be a little different.
“We’re not closing the streets this year, so we’re asking people to be very careful — those masks can hinder the kids’ peripheral vision,” she said. “We will have crossing guards to help the kids, though.”
In addition to trick or treating at participating downtown businesses, those interested can delve into any of the various Scaramie events listed below:
— Trick-or-treaters can put their costumes to the test at Room to Grow, 308 S. Third Street. The store is hosting a costume contest and three winners could scamper into the night with a Room to Grow gift certificate.
— While Scaramie hosts a myriad of opportunities to grab a handful of treats, the Women of the Moose are also hosting a mini carnival. Participants can stop in the Moose Lodge, 409 S. Third St., from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday for some quick games and goodies.
— For a scary break in the candy bonanza, trick-or-treaters can visit the haunted house at Corthell and King, P.C., 221 S. Second St. Participants can use two different stations for photos.
— Participants can trade canned goods and dry food items for candy at Poppy’s, 119 Grand Ave. The food will be donated to the Laramie Soup Kitchen. A list of helpful items can be found at www.laramiesoupkitchen.com.
— At Seneca Creek Photography, 223 Garfield St., trick-or-treaters can grab candy and a hot drink.
— Whether trick-or-treaters are young or old, the Landmark Square Property Management, 121 Grand Ave., and the Laramie Burlesque Troupe second annual haunted house is ready. Participants can enter through the door between Poppy’s and Cross Country Connection. While younger children will be directed to the second floor, older visitors can opt for a scarier experience in the “haunted basement.”
— The Laramie Fire Department fire engine parked at Second Street and Grand Avenue won’t be a trick. The LFD is treating participants to tours of their big red truck.
— Participants might be thrilled to stop by the First Street Plaza around 10 a.m. as Studio B dancers perform routines from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” play games and hand out treats.
— Sugar highs and belly aches are fleeting, but participants hoping to remember the Halloween for years to come can pop in Ludwig Photography, 224 Ivinson Ave., for a mini portrait session. Appointments can be scheduled ahead by calling 760-7330.
Deem said Scaramie is not only a daylight and weekend alternative to trick or treating Tuesday evening, but also a community-engagement opportunity for downtown businesses.
“It’s a great way for downtown businesses to open our doors and say thank you to the community for shopping and eating downtown throughout the year,” she said.