Scare on the Square promises Halloween fun for families and furry friends

2023 Airstreams event was biggest ever

OCTOBER: Trick-or-treaters swarmed the streets of El Dorado for Halloween, including Aryanna and Mathia Williams. Scare on the Square downtown helped provide a safe place for trick-or-treaters to roam. (Caitlan Butler/News-Times)
OCTOBER: Trick-or-treaters swarmed the streets of El Dorado for Halloween, including Aryanna and Mathia Williams. Scare on the Square downtown helped provide a safe place for trick-or-treaters to roam. (Caitlan Butler/News-Times)

Main Street El Dorado recently hosted its largest ever Airstreams on the Square event and now the group is preparing to host another annual event that is expected to be the largest ever.

Scare on the Square is set for noon until 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown El Dorado.

The event will include trick-or-treating with downtown merchants, free food and beverages, costume contests for children and pets, games, a petting zoo, vendors and other activities.

Scare on the Square is free and open to the public.

Beth Brumley, executive director of MSE, said 50 campers participated in the sixth annual Airstreams on the Square.

Airstreams is presented each year by MSE and the Arkansas Razorback Airstream Club and is part of a nationwide campaign to stage Main Street/urban camping events to promote the RV lifestyle and help stimulate economic development and vitality in small-town America.

El Dorado is the first and only city in Arkansas to host such an event.

Airstreams draws RVers from multiple states who spend several days camping out around the Union County Courthouse Square, participating in activities, shopping in local businesses and donating to a local charity.

Brumley said a total of 53 campers signed up for Airstreams 2023, which was held Oct. 19 - 22, and 50 participated, breaking a record of 36 from 2022.

Seven campers used the generator spaces on Cleveland Avenue -- the first time the service was offered for Airstreams.

The number of participants who have expressed interest in joining Scare on the Square this year has also increased, she said.

"Scare on the Square used to be this small thing and it continues to grow. It's exciting," said Brumley.

Brumley said more businesses, churches and other groups have signed up to participate in Scare on the Square and offer activities for families.

"The El Dorado Fire Department will be back with their candy chute. First Presbyterian Church, Camp Fire (El Dorado), HealthWorks, First United Methodist will be there and Clean Harbors has also jumped in," Brumley said, adding, "And there'll be several other vendors."

Free hot dogs, chips and beverages will be served. Brumley noted that Roseburg - El Dorado, which manufactures forest products, has volunteered to grill the hot dogs.

"We'll give them out to the kids until they're gone," she said.

Scare drew at least 1,000 trick-or-treaters in 2022. The Downtown Business Association prepared 1,000 treats and ran out before the end of the day, said Brumley.

The Mutt Strut Costume Contest will begin at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $5 and proceeds will go to the Union County Animal Protection Society (UCAPS).

The Kids Costume Contest is set for 2 p.m. Proceeds from the $10 entry fee will benefit The Call in Union County.

Both contests will be held on the east (Jefferson Avenue) steps of the Union County Courthouse.

For more information, visit the MSE Facebook page or website at www.mainstreeteldorado.org.

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