Up & Coming Weekly

October 20, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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12 UCW OCTOBER 21-27, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM EVENT Downtown Fayetteville offers events in the spirit of Halloween by KEYURI PARAB e Downtown Alliance and Cool Springs Downtown District are partnering with Downtown Fayetteville Tours and local businesses to host events this Hallow- een season. e Downtown Pumpkin Trail is a free self-guided event open to the public on Oct. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will pick up a map at the check-in table at Shops at 123 Hay St., and then look at the deco- rated pumpkins placed in the windows of participating businesses. Participants are asked to return to the table to vote on their top three favorite pumpkins to receive a raffle ticket to win gift cards to Fayetteville businesses. "If you come, you're going to walk away with some- thing, it could be a super fun date night, and activity for grown-ups as well kids," said Betsy McElwee, the social media marketing coordinator for Downtown Alliance. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the cancellation of popular annual events like the Zombie Walk and Trick-or-Treat, many businesses are using this as an opportunity to celebrate by handing out candy, doing photo-ops or giving out balloons, McElwee said. Many businesses are going all out with decorative displays and activities. e goal is to encourage people to come downtown and shop local as well as give a chance to children in Cumberland County to get out of the house and enjoy some Halloween events, she said. "We do have a DJ coming out Friday night from 5-8 p.m. and a free photo-booth both nights," she said. e events offer safe and socially distant activities people can do at their own pace to avoid large gather- ings and be in open air downtown, McElwee said. Downtown Fayetteville Tours will be offering Ghost Tours on the same evenings to give options for those in the Halloween spirit, McElwee said. e hour-and-a-half tour features 11 stories in eight different locations about local and urban legends as well as some cold cases, said Downtown Fayetteville Tours co-owner Andy Iglesias. "A couple of our patrons have caught an anomaly on camera and it's funny watching people going on ghost tours who have never been on one, who don't expect to see something with their eyes and majority of the time they might catch something on camera," Iglesias said. Iglesias said Ghost Tours is offered all year round, as well as historical tours about local heroes. For Hal- loween, there is a discount of 25 percent off with code 'DTA2020' beginning Oct. 23 - Nov 1. e tickets to the tour are $15 per adult and $12 for children ages 17 and under. Tours are from 6-7 p.m. and meet at the corner of Winslow St. and Hay St. e tour guides, dressed in 1900's clothing, tell stories while walking the tour. e tour offers popular legends and researched stories and no special effects or cheap tricks of someone jumping out at you. Due to COVID-19, groups will be smaller than usual and require people to wear face masks, Iglesias said. "People have to book in advance," Iglesias said. "If someone calls last minute, based on availability we can allow them to pay on location." To sign up for Ghost Tour visit https://downtownfay- tours.com/ghost or for more information call 910-444-0034. For more information on the Downtown Pumpkin Trail visit https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/event/ downtown-pumpkin-trail/15623/ Both the Downtown Pumpkin Trail and Ghost Tours are intended to provide Halloween activities while pro- moting downtown businesses, McElwee said. KEYURI PARAB, Editorial Assistant COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200. Cumberland County's Community Newspaper"

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