'Boo' will return to Broadway Oct. 31
Rick Brunton has been serving as a Boo on Broadway vendor for at least four years.
"This might be the fifth (year)," said the agent with ERA Real Solutions Realty. "This year, we're giving away glow-in-the-dark wristbands."
In years past, Brunton, a resident of Grove City, said he's given out thousands of crayons, flashing lights lip gloss and other non-candy items.
"We never give out candy," Brunton said. "Everyone else does candy."
Boo on Broadway, Grove City's annual Halloween event, returns from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Local businesses and civic organizations will line the streets of the Town Center handing out treats to trick-or-treating children.
Ed Merritt, recreation superintendent with the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department, said Boo on Broadway offers families a safe alternative to going door-to-door.
"It's just a good, safe evening," he said.
Merritt said weather plays a big factor on attendance, which usually ranges from 1,500 to 4,000 people.
This year, attendees can expect to see more vendors on the street. To date, 25 have signed up, an increase from the usual 18 to 20.
"Last year was the first time we had ... more requests than tables, so we expanded it," Merritt said. "We usually take (vendors) up until the day before."
Merritt said the event enables businesses and organizations to not only get their names out to the public but allows them to give back to the community.
Brunton said it's something he has fun doing.
"We always enjoy seeing the kids in their costumes," he said. "Some people have imagination. Some people don't."
Boo on Broadway will mean street closings and parking restrictions on Broadway south of Grant Avenue to Grove City Road and on Park Street from Arbutus Avenue west to the first driveway of City Hall. No vehicle traffic will be permitted from 5 to 9 p.m., and parking will be prohibited from 3 to 9 p.m.
The event will be held rain or shine unless the weather is hazardous, Merritt said.
Traditional trick-or-treat will occur in the community at the same time as Boo on Broadway. Residents who are handing out treats are asked by the city to turn on their porch lights during this time, and drivers are encouraged to watch for young pedestrians.