Whether one’s chosen site tonight is the always festive Downtown Block Party or some old-fashioned trick-or-treating in familiar neighborhoods, we urge caution at every turn by individuals and motorists alike.
Thousands will be zeroing in on the downtown area, and with good reason. Working in cahoots with an array of community-minded partners, MainStreet Cleveland will again bring a plethora of enjoyment to the annual Block Party. Of course, this one is more than a little special. It is the Silver Anniversary of this Cleveland and Bradley County tradition.
That means even greater selection in treats, food, booths, attractions and entertainment.
Hungry goblins and ghouls will have a smorgasbord of options, just a few of which include barbecued ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, Mexican and Greek cuisine, and more.
Those who like good music, those who like it loud and those who prefer it in great quantity and variety, won’t be disappointed. The music gets under way at 5:30 p.m. with a couple of community favorites in Second Hand Smoke and The Dexter Thomas Band.
Compliments of Cleveland businessman Allan Jones and Check Into Cash, the headliner band coming in to help celebrate the Block Party’s 25th birthday is the Atlanta-based Drivin’ N Cryin’ which is best known for its 1991 hit, “Fly Me Courageous.” The group takes the stage at about 8:15 p.m.
Many will recognize the name. Some might not. Drivin’ N Cryin’ is known for incredible live performances that feature rock, blues and folk. Some have compared the Atlanta musicians to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and the Dave Matthews Band. Drivin’ N Cryin’ has toured extensively over the past 25 years and even made history by becoming the only band to share a stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sonic Youth and Neil Young within the same 12-month period.
Of interest is that in 2011, the Georgia General Assembly honored the band with a resolution for its contribution to popular music.
Other festivities will include Mars Chocolate’s Treat Street and the company’s Costume Contest which gets under way at 6 p.m.
Those courageous enough to try their own hand — and voices — at entertaining masses of people will enjoy some karaoke at the Post Office “Fun Stage,” and the kids will have plenty to keep them busy with the air toys on Broad Street.
Vendor booths sponsored by schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and local businesses will line the downtown area in all directions.
The Downtown Halloween Block Party isn’t just for the adults. It isn’t just for the kids. It isn’t just for rock and rollers. It isn’t just for lovers of candy. It isn’t just for those in search of some tasty food. It is for everyone. It is a family-friendly gathering for all to enjoy.
It is for youngsters.
It is for teenagers.
It is for young adults.
It is even for older residents whose love for Halloween never faded.
But, because the Block Party involves thousands of people, most of whom will be distracted by all that surrounds them, we repeat our word of caution mentioned at the outset.
Be careful. Be safe. Make good decisions.
Parents, watch your children.
Kids, watch your parents and stay close.
Big crowds can be entertaining. But big crowds also can be perilous simply by virtue of their size.
Just remember safety first in all you do. Accidents will happen. Injuries can occur.
But their frequency, and severity, can be minimized.
Happy, and SAFE, Halloween to all!