Arts District Fall Fun October 31
By Todd Walburn
As the push for the Christmas holiday yearly creeps more and more into Autumn months, Halloween costumes and decorations are often crammed against trees, tinsel and garland in stores trying to capitalize on two very different but very kid-friendly holidays. What saves Halloween from getting absorbed completely by jolly old St. Nick is a push from aging but ardent generation X, Y & Z adults who aren’t quite ready to give up the ghost.
As we all graduate from plastic pumpkins to pillowcases, it is clear to all of us as children that our days of such spooky thrills are numbered (we have all had the awkward 17 year old trick-or-treater at our door and it ain’t pretty) but we long for the rush of dressing in costume and the scary excitement of knocking on the doors of strangers and, of course, piles and piles of candy.
This year, some creative folks in The Canton Arts District have found a way to combine the youthful joy of trick-or-treat with the adult pleasures of shopping and dining out (and you can still be a grown-up princess or zombie and nobody will turn you away.)
Halloween afternoon from 1pm to 4pm, most of the galleries, shops and restaurants will be open for grown-up shopping and dining as well as free treats for kids in costume! It’s a safe, fun and festive way to share our adult love of Halloween with the kids in our lives. They get candy, while we enjoy a great cup of coffee, an amazing gourmet burger and a jump start on our holiday shopping, and everyone gets to see new art by local artists. It’s trick-or-treat in Canton’s favorite neighborhood where everyone is a friend and there is no stranger danger.
You don’t have to be under 12 to enjoy a great Halloween afternoon gathering candy. The holiday season begins in The Canton Arts District! And when darkness falls downtown, there is still more to do (once you get the kids home and in bed). The Canton Palace Theatre is showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 7:30pm, then treat yourself to some great beer and great music at The Buzzbin Halloween Crawl.
Don’t forget that most downtown Canton businesses are open regular hours during the week as well! Remember to support the people and places that continue to bring great, unique family entertainment to our community! If it wasn’t for great art, food and shopping, Downtown Canton would be pretty scary!