ROCK SPRINGS – Something orange is coming this way, and it’s not more orange construction barrels. The historic downtown is preparing for zombies, witches and lots of Duck Dynasty children as the streets will be full with the Halloween Stroll this weekend.
The stroll is now six-years-old and the success of event makes it one of the most popular in Rock Springs. The stroll will kick off on Oct, 26 at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. Not only can parents bring their children, they are also encouraged to bring their pets to the event.
The stroll starts at the Rock Springs Historical Museum where participants will receive a bag of goodies and a map of businesses which will be welcoming ghosts and goblins. Museum Coordinator Bob Nelson said there are approximately 50 business that will be part of the stroll this year. He wanted to remind participants there are businesses on both side of the train tracks, on North Front and South Main.
With the event starting at the museum, parents and children can take a look at the spooky decorations throughout the museum. In what has turned into a Halloween tradition, you can also walk carefully through the haunted jail, but only if you dare.
Not only will the downtown businesses be waiting for the youngsters, there will also be vendors at Bank Court. Interim Urban Renewal Agency Director Terri Nations said Carls Barbeque, Twisted Coffee, Kettle Corn and Mountain Man Candy will all be setup during the stroll. Nation said there also will be face painting available.
One special treat will be Big Daddy Carvers. They will be carving pumpkins and giving carving tips to residents. Nation said Big Daddy Carvers might be giving some of their pumpkin art to lucky participants.
There will also be photo opportunities throughout the stroll.
Many residents have always questioned why the event does not take place on Halloween. Nations said the goal of the URA has been to bring business to the downtown. She said doing the stroll on Oct. 26 works well because most of these businesses will be open. Not only that, Nation said it provides a safer alternative for parents and children.
“It’s during the daylight hours and is safer for children,” Nations explained,.
Don’t have a pumpkin yet? Don’t worry, residents can pick one up at the Pumpkin Patch in Bank Court. There are still pumpkins looking for a home but Nations said last Friday and Saturday were extremely busy so don’t wait to visit the patch.
Hours of the pumpkin patch are Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday the patch is up and going at 10 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. and on Sunday hours are from Noon to 4 p.m.