Once again it’s time to put the kids in their favorite costumes, grab a treat bag, and head to Uptown Beckley for the original Tailgate Halloween, hosted by the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia. This will be the 29th year for this ghoulishly fun event!
This year’s Tailgate Halloween will actually be held on Halloween, October 31st from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. As in all the past years, the event will go on – rain, snow, or freezing temperatures. Kids always come regardless of the weather.
Beckley Director of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Baker says, “I think we can say after 29 years that the Youth Museum’s Tailgate Halloween has become a true Beckley tradition. The event has grown and changed but the premise is still the same – to provide safe trick-or-treating for children in our community.”
Last year the location moved slightly from Word Park on Neville Street to the top plaza area of the big parking garage across from Chase Bank. It proved to be a very secure area for the children, traffic on Neville Street didn’t have to be restricted, and there was plenty of room for Tailgaters. The trick-or-trick line will begin close to the flag pole and go down and around the island planters. This location offers much better crowd control and safety for the Trick-or-Treaters.
Jill Moorefield of Beckley Events adds, “There is Plenty of available parking for the event on the middle level of the parking garage, the lot off of Leslie C. Gates Place, in Word Park beside the State Building, the lot at the end of Neville Street, and various other places in the uptown area.
Baker says, “Organizations, groups, or businesses participating will pull their vehicles into designated parking spacing on the top level of the parking garage and will give treats out of their tailgate or truck. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and may only go through the line once. Treats will only be giving out to children that are present. There is a charge of $1.00 per child. Tailgate Halloween is being sponsored by Suddenlink.
For more information, call (304) 252-3730.