The evening will be packed full of Halloween treats, entertainment and family fun.
The annual Costume Contest, sponsored by Mars Chocolate, is a big attraction to the Halloween Block Party. The contest begins at 5 p.m. on the Fun Stage at the Post Office Annex.
Costumes will be judged in age categories 0 to 2 years, 3 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years, 16 and adults. Trophies will be awarded to first, second and third place in all age categories and each participant receives Halloween treats compliments of Mars Chocolate.
Following the Costume Contest, Block Party attendees can take the Fun Stage at the Post Office Annex and show off their singing talent with karaoke by Detour DJ. There are thousands of Karaoke songs available, spanning from golden oldies to modern pop hits.
The Halloween Block Party venue includes Church, Ocoee and Broad streets. Treat Street, sponsored by Mars Chocolate, will be located on Church Street in front of the Police Services Center. Treat Street is open from 6 to 9 p.m. It is a favorite among children as Church Street is transformed into a “candyland” for kids. Children visiting Treat Street are assured a big bag full of Mars Chocolate goodies with Cooke’s Food Store providing 10,000 orange grocery bags to hold the candy.
Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on the main stage at the Courthouse Plaza with dancers from Chilhowee Dance and Performing Arts Center.
The evening includes performances by l the Ridge Farm Band, followed by the Motown sounds of the band Entice. Entice is known throughout the Southeast for its interactive and entertaining performances.
Children will also enjoy the DARE Midway that will be filled with air toys including a giant slide and bouncers. The DARE Midway is sponsored by the Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
School, churches and local businesses complete the festival atmosphere as they fill the vendor booths around the Courthouse Square.
There are plenty of activities at the booths including face painting, candy, commemorative photos, great food, and much more. Enjoy all types of foods including barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes, Mexican and Greek cuisine, and much more.
“This longstanding Halloween tradition would not be possible without the generosity of so many community-minded local businesses. We appreciate our sponsors for making the Halloween Block Party possible,” said Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.
Sponsors include at the Platinum level: Mars Chocolate North America and Pioneer Credit; Gold level: Johnston Coca-Cola, Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office; Silver level: Brenda Lawson & Associates, Larry Hill Ford, Waste Connections of Tennessee, Andrew Johnson Bank; and Bronze level: BB&T, Chilhowee Dance and Performing Arts Studio, Easy Auto, Ed Jacobs & Associates, First Tennessee Bank, H&R Block, Jones Management Services and SkyRidge Medical Center.
In-kind sponsors include Apple Valley Orchard, Bradley County, city of Cleveland, Cleveland/Bradley Courts Community Service, Cleveland Daily Banner, Cleveland Utilities, Cooke’s Food Store and Super Savers, Cleveland Utilities, Keep America Beautiful, Shannon & Associates Advertising Group, SunTrust Bank, and WCLE’s Mix 104.1.