Downtown Portsmouth celebrates ‘Falloween’

By Ivy Potter -

Lots of ghouls and goblins enjoyed last year’s hay ride!

Lots of ghouls and goblins enjoyed last year’s hay ride!

Saturday, October 21st, Main Street Portsmouth will be hosting their annual Falloween event on Market Street, Second Street, and Court Street at 3 p.m.

Main Street Portsmouth is a nonprofit in downtown Portsmouth, which oversees a vast list of goals for community development. The group operates off memberships from businesses and members of the community, as well as a few fundraising efforts and grants, while also receiving a major portion of support from the City of Portsmouth, OSCO, Southern Ohio Medical Center, and Glockner Family of Dealerships.

The family fun Falloween event, in the historic Boneyfiddle district, features hay rides, train rides, costume contests, trick-or-treat, a haunted tour, inflatables provided by Tim Wolfe of Patties and Pints, and a spooky pooch parade.

“This is one of Main Streets most diverse events, when it comes to players and hands on deck. Most of our events are completely handled by a small committee of dedicated volunteers. This one has all hands on deck. Business owners get involved, provide aspects and special features of the day, purchase major supplies, and plan extras to make it the best it can be,” said Executive Director Joseph Pratt.

“We are really excited about the changes this year and even more excited about the involvement of downtown leaders.”

The Falloween event gives community members, and kids, the opportunity to really fall in love with the downtown area, while meeting local business owners and city employees.

“This is a wonderful way to get families downtown, loving it, and implanting the desire to keep coming back,” said Pratt.

The Spooky Pooch Parade, a Halloween Costume contest for dogs, is organized by Lost and Found Pets volunteer Stephanie Wright with Costume categories including: Best Costume Overall, Best Dog/Owner Costume, Best Puppy in Costume for dogs ages one and under in people years, Best Senior in Costume for dogs ages 10 and older in people years. The fee is $5, with a donation of pet supplies to go towards the Lost and Found Pets and begins at 4 p.m.

The evening’s Boneyfiddle Ghost Tour is organized completely by business and property owners on Second Street and surrounding areas. Sharon Bender, of Ghosts in the Attic oversees the project for Main Street. The cost to attend the tour is $10. A portion of the proceeds from the tour go to the SSU Theatre Department, with the remainder going to Main Street Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Public Library will also be present with the bookmobile, assisting children in creating craft projects, as well as giving out pumpkins to the first children who visit.

Some parts of the Falloween event have been changed to make things smoother for small business owners, and attendees alike. Trick or Treat will now be held at the Riverview Retirement campus, giving retired citizens an opportunity to participate in the festivities.

“It seemed a natural fit to pair the children trick-or-treating with the people from the retirement home. It allows those folks a chance to be around kids and to pass out candy, plus it gives children yet another chance to wear their costume early and get extra candy.”

To assist the retirement home in preparing for the trick or treat event, Main Street Portsmouth will be accepting candy donations on their behalf at the Scioto County Welcome Center until October 20th.

Lots of ghouls and goblins enjoyed last year’s hay ride! of ghouls and goblins enjoyed last year’s hay ride!

By Ivy Potter

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932