Haunted Huntingburg, Stroll will be heldOctober 6, 2020
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — Annual holiday events will still go on in downtown Huntingburg.
Haunted Huntingburg is set for Saturday. And the 35th annual Christmas Stroll will be a weeklong affair in mid-November.
“We want to get people to get outside and get some fresh air,” said Sarah Flamion, executive director of Destination Huntingburg. “Come on downtown.”
Haunted Huntingburg will start at 4 p.m. at Market Street Park. Jamstorm, a southern Indiana band, will perform on the amphitheater stage until 7 p.m. Restaurants along Fourth Street will be open, and four food trucks will be at the park from 4 to 8 p.m. — Taqueria El Llano, Chino Taco, Oink Inc Smokehouse and Rock-A-Burger. The family-friendly movie “Hocus Pocus” will be shown at 7:30 p.m.
Merchants are also participating in the Crawl-O-Ween shopping event, in which shoppers can get an event passport stamped for the chance to win prizes.
Destination Huntingburg is abiding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and asks the public to do the same with mask wearing and social distancing. Visitors should also bring their own chairs because seating will be limited.
Information can be found on Haunted Huntingburg’s Facebook page and website: www.Haunted huntingburg.org.
The Huntingburg Christmas Stroll will also return.
“The stroll is basically a shopping event,” Flamion said, “and a time for people to come downtown and look at the beautiful decorations and enjoy the experience. The stores are already open. We’re here. So it just made sense to have the stroll.”
But there will be some changes. For instance, Santa and Mrs. Claus won’t be there. “We don’t want Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to risk their health,” Flamion said. Also, Rudolph will not attend. The tours of decorated homes will not happen either, due to health precautions.
The annual tree lighting will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8, to kick off stroll week. And cookies will still be given out, though they will be individually wrapped.
At the end of the week, the newly designed sections of Fourth Street, between Jackson Street and U.S. 231 and between Geiger Street at U.S. 231, will be closed to traffic from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 13 to 15. This will allow merchants, restaurants and organizers to utilize the street for vendors, activities and extra seating. Sips and Bites, in which shops host a featured winery in their store, will also be held.
People will be encouraged to wear masks and to social distance from people who are not their group. Sanitation stations will be set up for public use.
As more details are planned, they will be shared on Destination Huntingburg’s Facebook page.
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