Trick-or-treating in Beaufort is not just for kids -- or even locals.
Bamberg County assessor Doretta Elliott loves the annual Trick-or-Treat in downtown Beaufort so much that she plans a year out for the celebration.
"Halloween in Beaufort is much different than it is in a lot of places now," she said, adding that the night is organized, safe and family-friendly.
Elliott visits Beaufort every October for the County Assessors of South Carolina's annual conference. After classes all day, she and a handful of other attendees dress up in costume and help the staff of Best Western Plus Sea Island Inn pass out candy to trick-or-treaters.
This year's event will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, with additional activities until 7 p.m. Androula Weiland, event coordinator with Main Street Beaufort, USA, expects 2,000 children to participate, like last year.
"Everyone is excited," she said. "The new businesses are calling to see how much candy they need."
More than 65 stores and businesses are expected to participate, and inflatable jumpers, bouncy houses and other entertainment will continue in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park until 7 p.m.
Elyse Larew, owner of the Low Country School of Performing Arts, is coordinating a series of performances in the park. Those include a pointe ballet performance accompanied by members of the Beaufort Symphony Youth Orchestra and a professional break dancing group from Charleston. Larew is most excited about a number during which student dancers, painted black and gold, pretend to be mannequins coming to life.
"We want to so something fun," she said. "Not spooky, but still something Halloween."
It is hosted by Main Street Beaufort, downtown merchants and the city of Beaufort Police Department. It is sponsored by Hilton Head Nissan at New River Auto Mall, The Beaufort Gazette and the Lollipop Shop.
Bay Street, from Newcastle to Carteret Street and Port Republic to Scott Street, will be closed to vehicles from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Newcastle Street will not be closed.
Elliott said Tuesday she's already excited for what she thinks is about her fifth year of the event. She has a poodle skirt ready for her costume and intends to bring candy with her.
"I'm thinking Blow Pops or maybe Butterfingers or something like that," she said, adding with a laugh, "I like big candy."
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