Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Halloween Downtown Celebrations Across South Alabama Bring Customers To Local Merchants
By Catalina Trivino


Thousands of people are in three South Alabama towns celebrating Halloween tonight. There's lots of candy and it's also a sweet victory for these towns.

Allen Walker is getting ready -- he's one of more than 30 merchants in Andalusia that are gearing up for their annual Halloween on the Square, an event that brings hundreds of people to downtown.

"Not only with the giving out candy... it does give people that confidence to come back downtown [and] let people know there are merchants to still shop with," Said Walker, who owns Walker's clothing store in downtown Andalusia.

And tonight might be a scare for the kids, but Opp merchants say their Halloween Downtown Fall Festival is anything but a fright to them.

"When you see a merchant out on the street giving back to the community, then it makes you want to go and spend your money with them so that they can be appreciated too," Said Debbie Richburg, who owns a hair salon in downtown Opp. She says it's nights like tonight that showcase what downtown has to offer -- and it reminds people that bringing business here is far from spooky.

With the hundreds of people expected to come to Trick or Treat on Commerce Street in Greenville, merchants say this gives them the opportunity to revitalize downtown's social life -- which they hope will eventually lead to reeling in the green...

"Bringing this kind of event actually helps a lot of customers find us and then they're like, 'hey let's go back in there! Let's see what it does,'" Said Elisa Campbell, who works at Blush Boutique in downtown Greenville.

After speaking to city officials from each town, they're expecting a total of about 11,000 people to come to these events.

In Greenville and Andalusia, downtown trick or treating will end at 8 pm tonight. Opp's fall festival will end at 9 pm.

 

Huge crowds are gathering in several South Alabama cities for not only what's become a Halloween tradition, but also a big economic boost.