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halloween hoopla!

w ritten by SHERIL BE NNE T T TURNER

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(hōōp’lä’) n. Boisterous, jovial commotion or excitement

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ooking for a fun, safe environment for some Halloween amusement with your kids? Then put on your costumes and head to downtown Greer for the third annual Halloween Hoopla on Saturday, October 28. The Halloween Hoopla was started two years ago by the Greer Station Association as a way to get area merchants together with families for a festive night of trickor-treating, hayrides, and games. “This year we’re doing things a little bit different,” explains Mandy Gibson of Lunch & Such, co-chair of this year’s function. “We’ll have an official candy station at ______________ where the first 2,000 children will receive a special Hoopla Goody Bag with candy and treats compliments of participating downtown merchants. We’re also adding more inflatable rides and games, as well as merchant-sponsored games to create more of a big, fun carnival atmosphere for the kids.” Sponsored in part by the Greer Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. “Each year more and more people attend the Halloween Hoopla,” says Lynn Pascazio, event coordinator from the Chamber. “The first year we had about 2,000 residents, last year it grew to about 3,000. We try to provide a safe, enjoyable environment for families to celebrate Halloween and I think the community really appreciates that.” Kicking off the festivities this year will be a children’s costume parade up Trade Street led by the drum line from _________ School Band. Joada Hiatt, local historian, will tell ghost stories based on real haunts and supernatural happenings in our area. Stage entertainment will be provided by ________________ and __________________. Local fire and police units will also be on hand with safety tips for parents and kids alike. Topping off this year’s events will be a grand finale complete with fireworks. “This event is all about the kids,” Mandy says. With costumes, clowns, candy, and more, the Halloween Hoopla at Greer Station is sure to be a happy happening for boos and ghouls of all ages! d

Saturday, October 28 4:00-9:00 p.m. _____ p.m. Children’s Costume Parade Start at _____PLACE

_____p.m. Ghost Stories by Joada Hiatt _____PLACE

_____p.m. ________Stage Entertainment _____PLACE

_____p.m. ________Stage Entertainment _____PLACE

_____p.m. Grand Finale — Fireworks

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